This book explores the controversy surrounding the cloning of endangered animals in zoos. It considers how cloning has been articulated with endangered animals and species preservation and argues that the debate over whether or not endangered animals should be cloned in zoos is not about “cloning” per se, but about what role technoscience should play in reproducing nature at both a physical and conceptual level. It also describes how biological transformations in endangered animal reproduction are intertwined with social and cultural transformations in the idea of nature, and how nature is being potentialized in and through the contemporary use of biotechnology. Finally, the book examines the biopolitics underlying the cloning of endangered animals as well as the applicability of biopower as an analytic within animal studies.
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