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Cloning Wild LifeZoos, Captivity, and the Future of Endangered Animals$
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Carrie Friese

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814729083

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814729083.001.0001

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Knowing Endangered Species

Knowing Endangered Species

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Cloning Wild Life

Carrie Friese

, Arianna Bove
NYU Press

This chapter explores the practices and logics that have been asserted when cloned endangered animals are classified as equivalent to hybrids, thereby questioning the role of cloning in zoos. In particular, it considers how cloning is being articulated as basic reproductive science research in zoos through the logic of modeling. Focusing on the amphibian cloning experiment at the Zoological Society of London's Institute of Zoology, the chapter examines the implications of cloning articulated as basic scientific research for species preservation. After describing how and why frogs are being cloned in this context, it discusses more basic scientific questions in the reproductive science research programs of some U.S. zoos. Finally, it assesses how nature and culture are intertwined with basic science.

Keywords:   endangered animals, hybrids, cloning, zoos, Zoological Society of London, scientific research, species preservation, frogs, reproductive science, basic science

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