Dr. George Church is a real-life Dr. Frankenstein. The inventor of CRISPR and one of the minds behind the Human Genome Project is no longer content just reading and editing DNA—now he wants to make new life. In Ben Mezrich’s latest book, Wooly: The True Story of the Quest to Revive One of History’s Most Iconic Extinct…
Over a decade after the death of famed author and psychonaut Hunter S. Thompson, a small part of his legacy might find new life—and a spot in a dispensary near you. On Sunday, Anita Thompson announced that she was partnering with a cannabis company to clone her deceased husband’s favorite strains and sell them to the…
It’s been 20 years since the birth of Dolly the Sheep, the first mammal to be cloned from an adult. Because Dolly died prematurely, scientists have worried that cloning accelerates the aging process. But a new analysis of 13 cloned sheep—including a batch of Dolly’s genetic duplicates—shows this isn’t the case.
In 2013, the world’s first lab-grown burger was unveiled to the world. It carried a $330,000 price tag, and apparently, it wasn’t all that tasty. But the scientists behind the idea have been hard at work, and artificial meat that’s both cost-effective and palatable may arrive sooner than we think.
Twenty five years ago, Michael Crichton captured our imaginations with the crazy idea that scientists might one day resurrect dinosaurs. But on the eve of Jurassic World’s release a quarter century later, the prospect of bringing back extinct creatures is looking a lot less science fictional.
Cloning isn’t science fiction anymore. In fact, in some parts of the world, it’s big business. But cloning an extinct Woolly Mammoth? Well, that’s another story, but this fascinating Motherboard documentary travels to South Korea and Russia to investigate how close we are to resurrecting the dead.
In addition to being incredibly entertaining and provocative, the popular Orphan Black series is absolutely teeming with science. From human clones and genetic engineering through to DNA barcodes and genetic patents, here's what you need to know about the science behind the show.
For the first time in over 3,000 years, the functional components of wooly mammoth DNA have been brought to life (albeit in a petri dish). The achievement represents an important step towards potential efforts to bring the extinct species back.
Before there was the cow, there was the auroch, a sinewy beast that roamed Eurasia by the millions. And over thousands of years, humans bred the creature into the millions of milk-and-steak-machines we have today. The last auroch, however, died in the 17th century. A group of scientists now want to bring back the…
Human cloning is currently illegal in virtually all parts of the world, but that doesn't mean it will stay that way. Here are some surprising things we can expect once we're finally allowed to make genetic duplicates of ourselves.
Orphan Black promised to open up a new chapter in the cloning conspiracy—and boy, did it pay off on that promise. We're more excited than ever to see what's ahead for Clone Club, and a brand-new faction in the Orphan Black world.
Uh-oh, Rachel is laughing maniacally. That can't be a good sign for Clone Club on this week's episode. It's probably not a good sign for her, either.
We get it: Tatiana Maslany can play any character she wants to play. But the truly exciting things are going down are going down at the Hendrix household, where proper housekeeping just became a matter of life and death.
Somehow Donnie, Alison's hapless, terrible husband, was the star of last night's Orphan Black. Yes, he's still a moron and a sneak, but now we know that Donnie also has a heart—one that makes him do all the deliciously wrong things.
Orphan Black went on a road trip this week and it got drunk, flirted with a cute guy, and threw a few punches. It also revealed a very dark secret about one of our familiar characters. Is this our villain? Or is there something even worse behind this revelation?
Before he directed Godzilla—or even Monsters—Gareth Edwards made this moody short science fiction film. More impressively, he wrote, filmed, and edited the entire thing in just two days.
We may not know everything about Orphan Black's Project Leda just yet, but this episode brings us a whole lot closer. Plus, one scene brought a heartfelt tear to our eyes. Spoilers ahead.
Why is Sarah screaming? It's because she's witnessing one of the major moments from last night's Orphan Black. And it's not even the episode's biggest shock. Spoilers ahead!
Orphan Black has broken our hearts a lot. This character gets sick; that one gets hit by a car; another has a tragic childhood. But this week, we're worried that something very, very bad might have happened to one of the clones. Is the situation as dire as it looks?
Wow. Our clones had four very separate threads last night, and the biggest moments took place far from the Dyad. Secrets were revealed, quips were quipped, and one of our clones has found herself in deep, deep trouble.