Learn About Cloning In The Life Cycle’s Newest Episode!
Thursday, April 20th
It’s that time again, time for another episode of The Life Cycle podcast that is! In this seventh episode, titled “I cloned my dog, I cloned my dog” we explore the exciting and sometimes polarizing topic of cloning animals. The episode is part one of a two-episode collection, which delves into the science behind cloning, its history, and the ethical considerations that come with the technology.
The episode kicks off with a conversation between John and Dorrit Moussaieff, an Israeli jewelry designer, editor, and businesswoman who was also the First Lady of Iceland from 2003 to 2016. But it’s not because of her jewelry or her time as the First Lady that John reached out to her. It’s because she successfully cloned her beloved dog Samur with the help of a company called ViaGen. Her story is interesting, to say the least, and it sets the stage for the rest of the episode, which dives deeper into the world of animal cloning.
Next Eva speaks with Professor Rudolf Jaenisch, a Professor of Biology at MIT. Professor Jaenisch takes us on a journey through the history of the relatively new CRISPR technology (which was published in 2012), a powerful tool that allows scientists to edit genes with high precision. He starts at its conception (no pun intended), all the way to today. He also addresses some of the ethical concerns that are present when it comes to using CRISPR on humans, which there are many.
We don’t want to spoil the episode for you, so go on over to The Life Cycle’s website to listen to it for yourself! You can also find it wherever you normally get your podcasts. Don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss the second part of this investigation into cloning titled, “I cloned my cow, I cloned my cow”.