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When the sexually reproducing grasshopper species Warramaba whitei (left) and Warramaba flavolineata (right) mated around 250,000 years ago, they made Warramaba virgo (center), which has been cloning itself ever since.
How a Grasshopper Gave Up Sex, Took Up Cloning
Meet the grasshopper that has reproduced asexually for a quarter of a million years—without acquiring undue numbers of harmful mutations.
How a Grasshopper Gave Up Sex, Took Up Cloning
How a Grasshopper Gave Up Sex, Took Up Cloning

Meet the grasshopper that has reproduced asexually for a quarter of a million years—without acquiring undue numbers of harmful mutations.

Meet the grasshopper that has reproduced asexually for a quarter of a million years—without acquiring undue numbers of harmful mutations.

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Ribbon weed meadow in Shark Bay, Western Australia
World’s Largest Organism Discovered Underwater
Andy Carstens | Jun 2, 2022 | 2 min read
Off the western Australian coast, in Shark Bay, a field of seagrass big enough to cover Washington, DC, has flourished for more than four millennia, a new study finds.
Lizard on glass tank
Engineered Stem Cells Grant Geckos “Perfectly” Regenerated Tails
Chloe Tenn | Nov 5, 2021 | 4 min read
Geckos injected with neural stem cells modified to block cartilage growth developed the skeletal and nervous components normally lacking from regrown tails.
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MS Relief During Pregnancy Tied to Changes in T Cell Types
Ashley P. Taylor | Nov 15, 2019 | 3 min read
Many dominant T cell variants decline during pregnancy and reappear afterward, possibly explaining why relapses of the autoimmune disease are less common when women are expecting.
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China’s First Cloned Kitten, Garlic
Nicoletta Lanese | Sep 6, 2019 | 3 min read
Owner Huang Yu dug up his deceased cat to give its cells to the pet-cloning company Sinogene.
Clones Made of CRISPRed Monkeys
Carolyn Wilke | Jan 25, 2019 | 2 min read
Researchers edited macaque embryos to induce symptoms of sleep disorders and chose one animal to clone. A bioethicist questions the study’s appropriateness.
Pinpointing the Origin of Marbled Crayfish Clones
Diana Kwon | May 1, 2018 | 5 min read
Research suggests that the invasive, all-female Procambarus virginalis originated in a German aquarium back in the 1990s.
Monkeys Cloned by Dolly-the-Sheep Technology
Catherine Offord | Jan 24, 2018 | 2 min read
The approach, which has never before been successfully attempted in primates, could lead to improved animal models for human biology and disease.
Opinion: Is a Clone Really Born at Age Zero?
José Cibelli | Feb 21, 2017 | 5 min read
More lessons from Dolly the sheep
Study: Cloned Sheep Age Normally
Tanya Lewis | Jul 26, 2016 | 3 min read
The animals, some of which were cloned from the same tissue as Dolly, appeared as healthy as non-cloned sheep, a study suggests.
Ancient Reproduction
Kerry Grens | Aug 5, 2015 | 2 min read
Deep-sea rangeomorphs that lived more than 540 million years ago used two methods of reproduction, according to a study of fossils.
Single-Gene Knockout Collection Created
Kerry Grens | Aug 25, 2013 | 3 min read
Researchers develop several thousand haploid human cell lines, each with a different gene mutant.
Self-cloning Coral
Hannah Waters | Mar 1, 2012 | 3 min read
Coral embryos broken apart by waves can continue developing into adult clones.
Coral Clones
Hannah Waters | Mar 1, 2012 | 1 min read
The colorful and fragile start to the life of a living reef
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