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PUBLISHED : Saturday, 11 January, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 11 January, 2003, 12:00am
 

National Geographic: Clone


World, 10pm


In 1996, almost 200 years after Mary Shelley unleashed Frankenstein on the world and raised the subject of creating life, Dolly, history's most famous sheep, was born and the Clone Age began in earnest. This programme examines the work of American scientists in Massachusetts as they try to clone the bucardo, a species of mountain goat native to


Spain. What makes the impending birth of their first clone surprising is the fact that the bucardo is extinct. The last one was crushed by a falling tree in 2000 and was immediately frozen. In another cloning experiment, Australian scientists are hoping to revive the Tasmanian tiger (above), which became extinct in the early 20th century. This programme is an extraordinary and at times unsettling look at the rapid advances in the field of cloning, exploring the possibility of farming body parts to treat disease and disability, the ethics of cloning human beings, and the use of cloning to preserve endangered species.


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