19 Mar '12, 2pm

Cloned baby goat is a super-adorable terrifying monster of science

Cloned baby goat is a super-adorable terrifying monster of science

The Kashmir region of south Asia is economically dependent on cashmere (the homophonic name is not a coincidence). But populations of pashmina goats, which produce the expensive wool, have been dwindling. So scientists at Sher-i-Kashmir University decided to hurry the process along, cloning a pashmina goat named Noori with little more than a microscope and crossed fingers. Noori is the first cloned pashmina goat in the world (though she’s hardly the first cloned animal), and the researchers don’t think she will be the last. The process they used, called “handmade ” cloning, is comparatively cheap, requiring almost no specialized equipment. It’s fairly simple, too, as these things go – scientists basically just slice cells carefully under a microscope, then stick them together with other cells using electrical current. The Chandigarh Tribune is reporting that the researcher...

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