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This 12,400-year-old puppy may be brought back to life using cloning

Well-preserved remains of a 12,400-year-old puppy from the extinct Pleistocene canid species have been discovered near the Tumat village in the Sakha Republic of Russia. Scientists believe the puppy was an ancient pet — one of man’s first best friends. How they plan to bring the animal back to life.

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Ok so I’ve covered why you should not actually clone your pet. But to be honest, I’m not sure how many of you were actually considering dropping 50 G’s for the procedure. Still, maybe you want some sort of memory of a pet who passed away. So let me tell you about CUDDLE CLONES

Basically it’s this company that will make a PLUSH replica of your pet. A cat, dog or horse is $249, and smaller animals like rabbits and guinea pigs are $179. 

In addition to being much cheaper than actual cloning, it doesn’t require any invasive surgery on innocent surrogate ovum donors and mom dogs! Note that this isn’t the only company that does something like plush replicas, for example Feltpets will make your animal out of felt.

But OK Cuddle Clones look particularly quality to me, look at how close they look to the original

they also do figurines

Furthermore, they’ll do any animal you like

cat? dog? horse? gerbil? donkey? it don’t matter to cuddle clones, they will MAKE YOU THAT PLUSH

Also, they donate money to animal-related charities 
Did I mention they will do any animal? it doesn’t even have to be real. it can be the fursona you made when you were 14 for deviantart

hell, they’ll make your How to Train Your Dragon OC if you want it

Cuddle Clones is there for you, and i need one of my blob monster please 

HOW TO CLONE YOUR HERBS

Ever seen another person’s herb garden and wanted one exactly like it? Want to buy loads of lovely herbs but don’t have the money? Or want to start a plant business don’t know where to start?

Well my friend, I have two words for you. Plant cloning. It’s natural, free and very easy to do.  

This method works best for herbs such as

  • Basil
  • Broadleaf Thyme/Cuban Oregano
  • Mint
  • Oregano

Basically, what it does is allow you to take a cutting from one plant, and grow an entirely separate plant from it. This means that you could have an endless supply of herbs - you can take 20 cuttings from a single plant, and when they’ve all grown you’ll be able to take another 20 cutting from each of those plants! 

So how do you do it? Well it’s deceptively simple. Here’s how:

1. Start with your parent plant. Due to my recent obsession with basil, that’s the herb I’ve decided to go for.

2. Take a cutting - about 4-5 inches long. Make sure you do it just below a node (the place where the leaves join the stem, just like above in the picture)

3. If possible, try and cut the stem diagonally. This gives it a greater surface area to suck up water with.

4. OK, so this is pretty much what your cutting should look like. Make sure you’ve removed at least the bottom pair of leaves, but it’s good to remove a few sets as the plant can then concentrate on growing roots. 

5. Place the cutting in some water so that the stem is comletley submerged. I found old plastic shot glasses worked great for this, but you can also use pretty bottles or cups or whatever. 

6. Make sure you’ve picked the bottom leaves off, and that the nodes are in the water. This is because the new roots are going to grow out of these nodes, so obviously they’re going to need to be in the water. 

7. Put them in a sunny place where you can keep an eye on them. Above is a picture of the babies with their mummy! After about a week, roots should have grown out of the nodes. 

8. That’s it, you’re done! Once the roots are well developed, you can plant your herbs in to pots. Keep the soil moist and the herb in a sunny place, and soon it’ll be as big as the parent plant. 

You can use this method to get free herbs - instead of buying them all, why not just take cuttings from a friend or family member’s herbs and use them for your own garden? (with their permission of course) 

Or, take a lot of cuttings like I’ve done, pot them up and sell them for a profit!

Good luck and happy planting! ^-^

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Turkish multimedia artist Erdal Inci experiments with cloned motion in video to create awesomely hypnotic looping videos and gifs of himself moving through public spaces, sometimes carrying lights or other objects. Depending on the exposure, Inci sometimes appears to be no more than a shadow or isn’t visible at all, making his videos even more mysterious and dreamlike.

He states: “I realized that if you clone a recorded performance contiguously it will become perpetual. So that you can see all the time phases of the same performance in a small amount of time like 1 or 2 seconds. This gives you the chance of thinking like a choreographer with a mass crew or painter who fills its frame not in forms and colour but motion. At this point I could tell I am inspired by patterns in traditional arts & crafts , dance and repetition. Motion, performance and real environments are the outlines of the work.”

Check out more of Erdal Inci’s mesmerizing video art (and at much higher resolution) over on Vimeo, Facebook or Instagram.

[via Colossal and iGNANT]

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Can you tell the difference between these two cats?

Because genetically, they’re identical.

The one up top is Rainbow, the first cat to ever be cloned. The one on the bottom is CC (for Carbon Copy, not CopyCat), and is the result of the experiment. CC was born in 2001, gave birth to kittens in 2006, and is generally happy and healthy.

Of course, it is easy to tell these cats apart. Rainbow has a calico pattern and CC does not. In calicoes, the gene for black fur is on one X, and the gene for orange fur is on the other X (which is why the vast majority of calicoes are females.) In each cat cell, only one X is active. The cell from which CC was cloned only coded for the dark color. Furthermore, patterns are affected by gene expression and development, so there are a lot of ways in which a clone can be different from its progenitor. 

It’s important to remember that cloning is more reproduction than replication. Rodeo Clown Ralph Fisher commissioned the same company to clone his beloved Brahman bull named Chance, because Chance was so kind and docile. The cloned bull, Second Chance, attacked him twice, leaving him with 80 stitches in his crotch and a fractured spine.

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Throwback Thursday: Gem Twist (1979 - 2006)
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The grey Thoroughbred gelding Gem Twist (registered as Icey Twist) by Good Twist out of Coldly Noble was ranked as one of the 20th century’s greatest show-jumpers, and is considered by some to be the best show-jumper ever bred in the United States (x). Gem Twist was voted as the World’s Best Horse at the World Equestrian Games in Stockholm, 1990 (x). He won individual and team Silver medals for show-jumping at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games (x), and three times won the American Grand Prix Association Horse of the Year title under riders Greg Best (1987), Leslie Burr Howard (1993), and Laura Chapot (1995) (x). Here’s footage of him competing at Stockholm in 1990:

Gem Twist was bred by Frank Chapot, who’d trained and competed on his sire Good Twist, who himself was a champion show-jumper, and hall of fame show-jumper, with victories in Grand Prix classes in the United States and 21 international classes (x).

Good Twist

(x)

Good Twist’s grandsire Bonne Nuit (1934) also represented the U.S. at international show-jumping, and helped found the post-cavalry era of showjumpers and:

“at one point had sired the majority of the horses on the United States Equestrian Team (USET). According to Mary the Chapot’s barn soon became a nightmare for grooms as only grey horses lined their aisles.” (x)

Bonne Nuit

(x)

“George Morris has said of Bonne Nuit, his least get were good jumpers and his best get went to the Olympics.” (x)

Gem Twist was gelded before siring any offspring, however two clones of him have been bred. The clone Gemini CL, born in 2008 was bred by Frank and Mary Chapot, who’d like to see their daughter Laura have the opportunity to compete at the Olympics, as they both did, and they plan on using Gemini to further this dynasty of jumpers (x). Gemini sired his first foal in 2012 (x).

Gemini CL

(x)

Gem Twist’s second clone, Murka Gem was foaled in 2011, and purchased by Olga White, an Olympic horse owner who works with rider Peter Charles (x).

So while Gem Twist never sired any offspring, through his clones, the genes of this champion are now being passed down to another generation. 

“The Bonne Nuit horses had great records and were great jumpers. But there were none of them left, and now there is,” Frank said. “I remember growing up as a kid, every time you turned around, there was another Bonne Nuit that was a super jumper and winning. It’s a shame to let that run out. I had the last Bonne Nuit stallion, Good Twist, and I had a lot of success with him. I’d like to keep the line going.” (x)

Dolly the Sheep was born 20 years ago

And yet we still don’t have a dystopian, clone-filled existential nightmare as predicted by The Island, The House of The Scorpion, The Sixth Day, Never Let Me Go, or almost any other film or book featuring cloning humans. In fact, while some people claim that they have cloned humans, it hasn’t been confirmed and human clones may never have been created at all. It’s not likely to happen soon, because cloning people is very difficult, there isn’t much demand, and is illegal in many countries.
Photo: Taxidermy mount of Dolly by Toni Barros from São Paulo, Brasil - Hello, Dolly!
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Ground Layering is a form of plant propagation in which clones of the parent plant are made as lower branches come into contact with the soil.

This can be done manually (as I have done above with a Rhododendron), or, it can happen naturally, when a plant produces adventitious roots.

The process can be accelerated by scoring the bark of the stem section that is to be buried to reveal the cambium–which provides undifferentiated cells that turn into root tissue–and applying rooting hormone.

When this is done above the ground, it is called air layering.

Layering is a reliable way to create clones of plants that are difficult to propagate by cuttings, like certain hardwoods, or flowering trees like magnolias. The clone is able to derive water and nutrients from the parent plant, while slowly establishing roots over a period of weeks or months.

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