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Virgin birth? Snakes? This could get biblical.

Scientists have discovered a female boa constrictor reproducing asexually. [more inside]
posted by quin on Nov 5, 2010 - 38 comments

A frog who would come here of his own free will

A Muppet Wicker Man, a comics mash-up via Bleeding Cool. Warning: grainy nudity, Flash interface.
posted by permafrost on Mar 2, 2010 - 23 comments

Is "Virgin Birth" hyperbolic enough?

I'm sure everyone remembers last year's kerfuffle about Hwang Woo-Suk, the disgraced scientist who fraudulently claimed to have created human embryonic stem cells by cloning. Well, it turns out he actually did something more remarkable - he created human stem cells from unfertilised eggs by parthenogenesis. The verification of this was published with a suitably dry title for consumption by scientists, but the popular press was quick to jump on more loaded phrases.
posted by nowonmai on Aug 4, 2007 - 24 comments

Cloning without the Controversy

'Virgin birth' method promises ethical stem cells. The technique, parthenogenesis, manipulates unfertilized eggs to produce short-lived embryos from which stem cells can be obtained. As the article states: "it produces embryos that could never become human beings. So destroying these embryos to obtain stem cells would avoid the ethical concerns that have led to restrictions or bans on embryonic stem cell research in many countries."
posted by jsonic on Apr 29, 2003 - 19 comments

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