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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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Cloning Wild Life
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Carrie Friese

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814729083.003.0008

This book has explored how the cloning of endangered animals in zoos embodies particular ways of linking nature and culture by focusing on the ways that the biological and the social, or the natural and the cultural, are understood and related in different cloning projects. Instead of biological control as a mode of survival, it has emphasized shepherding of the genomes of endangered populations so that they may persist into the future. The book has thus shown how the genetics of endangered species are “strategically naturalized,” an approach that allows zoos to become a more ethical institution by remaking their own populations of animals. This concluding chapter discusses the implications of this reworking of nature and culture for the ways we conceptualize cloning and clones as sites of endangered animal reproduction, as embodiments of the politics of science, and as “figurations” in the changing landscape of biopolitics.

Keywords:   endangered animals, nature, culture, cloning, genetics, endangered species, zoos, clones, animal reproduction, biopolitics

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