Well hello, Dolly.
Photo courtesy of The Roslin Institute, The University of Edinburgh.
In 1997, scientists announced they'd created a healthy sheep cloned from another ewe's mammary gland cell. Two decades on, the technique is being refined and applied to new challenges.
Preconception planning focuses on improving the health of parents to lower the risk of obesity in children.
If you're planning to become a parent, better lifestyle habits can reduce the risk of obesity in your children.
Victorian mores influenced ideas not just about men and women but animals too.
Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Victorian attitudes influenced what scientists thought they were observing about sexual behaviors in the animal world. But modern techniques reveal the myth for what it is.
Yolanda Güse protesting outside a McDonald’s branch in Cape Town.
It doesn't happen often that a multinational will blink when taken on by an individual. But a passionate campaigner's successful crusade has shown how it can be done.
What is a good life for an egg-laying hen?
Voters in Massachusetts passed a ballot measure that assumed so. But a philosopher of animal welfare suggests the ethical issues involved are trickier than a yes/no vote would suggest.
The egg collected in the Central Tanami Desert, Northern Territory, in October 1983.
For more than three decades an egg found in a remote Australian desert was thought to be from a rare nocturnal parrot. So what happened when scientists decided to double-check?
There’s a battle for resources going on in there.
Embryos greedily want more resources than their fair share. New research investigates how early in evolution their hormonal tactics arose.
Unfortunately women only have the eggs they’re born with.
Most women will have been made aware they have a ticking biological clock. But most probably don't know it's because women are born with a limited supply of eggs, and eventually they will run out.
Eggs cartons will need to show stocking density on the carton.
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New standards for free-range eggs will limit stocking densities and mean hens must have access to outdoors.
Should parents be allowed to select the sex of their child through IVF when there’s no compelling medical reason to do so?
The National Health and Medical Research Council call for public submissions on whether sex selection should be allowed without a medical reason recognises changing social attitudes.
They’re coming to get you.
Centers For Disease Control and Prevention
What would you do if a zombie apocalypse occurred? I recommend going to the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) zombie website for information. It is incredible (see it here). While the zombie website…
Thanks to IVF and donor conception, infertile couples, single women and lesbian couples now have a better chance at starting families. But how does it all work? Ask the experts here.
When cells divide, sometimes chromosomes don’t wind up where they need to go.
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Aneuploidy – when a cell has an irregular number of chromosomes – is a major cause of pregnancy loss. Scientists may have uncovered a gene that increases the risk of aneuploidy.
Native Australian bronze-cuckoos trick other cuckoos as they compete to take over other birds’ nests. Australian National…
Chinese researchers have announced the rare discovery of fossilised pterosaur eggs. Xiaolin Wang from the Chinese Academy…
Invading cuckoo birds may actually help their hosts survive, due to their unique method of deterring predators. Long thought…
A dramatic decrease in the availability of sow stall pork and caged eggs has been driven by consumer concern.
Australia’s two largest grocery retailers, Coles and Woolworths, have vowed to dramatically decrease the availability of pork and egg products sourced from intensive farming systems. The decision was made…
Eggs are an inexpensive source of high quality protein, as well as being rich in minerals and vitamins.
Eating egg yolks is similar to smoking for the damage it does to your arteries, according to a Canadian study published in the scientific journal Atherosclerosis. But how seriously should you take this…
Those who know the identity of their donor from a young age are less likely to experience psychological problems.
University of Tasmania academic Meredith Nash recently argued on The Conversation that women who donate their eggs for fertility treatments should be financially compensated. It’s a risky and time-consuming…
The ACCC has refused to relax its standards on what constitutes a free range egg.
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On November 2, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) issued an initial assessment knocking back a certified trademark application by the Australian Egg Corporation Limited (AECL). The…