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  • Breeding humans: Utopias from the early modern period

    03/30/2016 10:20:14 AM PDT · by JimSEA · 4 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 3/29/2016 | Ruhr-Universitaet-Bochum
    Science Newsfrom research organizations Breeding humans: Utopias from the early modern period Date: March 29, 2016 Source: Ruhr-Universitaet-Bochum Summary: The idea to improve humans and to optimise procreation emerged long before genetic engineering. As far back as the 18th century, concepts did exist that appear unthinkable from the modern perspective. Share: FULL STORY The idea to improve humans and to optimise procreation emerged long before genetic engineering. As far back as the 18th century, concepts did exist that appear unthinkable from the modern perspective. In the wake of the Enlightenment, medical sciences rose to power, and economists and administrative scientists...
  • Breeding Sphynx Cats Is Animal Cruelty: Court

    09/26/2015 6:19:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 47 replies
    The Local ^ | 24 Sep 2015
    A Berlin court has ordered a cat owner to have her hairless Sphynx cat castrated – because it would be animal cruelty to let the naked pet breed. Willi, a Canadian Sphynx, belongs to Berlin cat breeder Jacqueline Linke. True to his breed, Willi is almost completely hairless – a quality that makes Sphynx cats popular choices for those with pet allergies. Despite his questionable appearance, Willi emerged as champion in the 2013 Pedigree Cat Exhibition in Berlin, and has gone on to become a proud father to three naked kittens. However, Willi won't get to pass on his genes...
  • Second Danish zoo plans to kill young giraffe to stop inbreeding

    02/13/2014 3:23:19 PM PST · by workerbee · 44 replies
    Fox ^ | 2/13/14
    **SNIP** The second giraffe, coincidentally also named Marius, lives at the Danish Jyllands Park Zoo. To make room for a female giraffe it plans to acquire, the zoo plans to put down its 7-year-old male, balancing out genders in the facility. “We can't have two males and one female. Then there will be fights,” zoo keeper Janni Lojtved Poulsen told Danish news agency Ritzau. “If the breeding program coordinator decides that he should be put down, then that's what we'll do,” Poulsen said. **SNIP** "It is no secret that animals are killed when there is no longer space, or if...
  • How a century of breeding 'improvement' has turned once-healthy dogs into deformed animals

    12/06/2013 6:12:20 AM PST · by C19fan · 24 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 6, 2013 | Ted Thornhill
    The common perception of purebred dogs is that they are more striking, beautiful animals than they would be without human intervention. However, that notion has been thrown to the dogs. Strong photographic evidence has emerged that shows how 100 years of breeding has actually warped the good looks of the original hounds.
  • Panda porn shown in attempt to get two to mate

    03/15/2013 8:09:22 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 27 replies
    The Telegraph [UK] ^ | 15 Mar 2013 | Harry Alsop
    Researchers at China's breeding and research centre were concerned that five-year-old Ke Lin and her partner Yongyong never seemed to be in the mood. So they played the couple a video of pandas mating in the wild to in an effort to get them to mate.
  • Rise in Number seeking 'wombs for hire' abroad---poor foreign surrogate mothers [having] babies

    12/29/2012 9:04:33 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 11 replies
    Indian Express ^ | Fri Dec 8, 2012 | Jeremy Laurance
    Wealthy British couples who cannot have children are increasingly seeking "wombs for hire" from women overseas, according to figures obtained by The Independent. The number of couples formally registering children born to foreign surrogates has nearly trebled in five years, raising concerns that poor women in developing countries are being exploited by rich Westerners. "Parental orders" granted following surrogacy – to transfer the child from the surrogate mother to the commissioning parents – have risen from 47 in 2007 to 133 in 2011. While the figures are still relatively small, experts say they understate the true scale of the...
  • Join With the AKC to Protect Responsible Small Breeders and Stop USDA's Overreaching Regulations!

    06/15/2012 6:37:12 AM PDT · by Gennie · 42 replies
    American Kennel Club ^ | June 12, 2012 | American Kennel Club
    Under the proposed regulations, breeders or others who sell a puppy sight unseen, by any means including online, by mail or by telephone, would now be regulated in accordance with USDA standards, if you own more than four "breeding females" of any of the listed species, including dogs and cats. The effect of these proposed regulations would be to take away the public’s opportunity to obtain puppies from those breeders, who in many cases have dedicated their lives to breeding for health, breed type and temperament. As the leader and expert in breeding and maintaining dogs for more than a...
  • Oxford ethicist: use IVF to create only smart babies

    04/11/2011 8:28:42 PM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 29 replies
    The Way ^ | Mar 27, 2011 | Amanda Hopkins
    Australian ethicist working at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics claims that humanity has a “moral obligation” to use in vitro fertilization (IVF) to select the most intelligent embryos for the good of society, with the obvious implication that the less intelligent “surplus” embryos should simply be destroyed. Professor Julian Savulescu of Melbourne made the statement while commenting on an economic modeling research paper by Oxford University ethicists Andres Sandberg and Nick Bostrom, who claim that a rise in humanity’s IQ would result in a reduction in poverty, welfare dependency, crowding of jails, school dropout rates, out-of-wedlock births, and...
  • Voluntary Human Extinction

    04/01/2011 7:35:43 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 64 replies · 1+ views ^ | 4/1/11 | Les Knight
    VHEMT (pronounced vehement) is a movement not an organization. It’s a movement advanced by people who care about life on planet Earth. We’re not just a bunch of misanthropes and anti-social, Malthusian misfits, taking morbid delight whenever disaster strikes humans. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Voluntary human extinction is the humanitarian alternative to human disasters. We don’t carry on about how the human race has shown itself to be a greedy, amoral parasite on the once-healthy face of this planet. That type of negativity offers no solution to the inexorable horrors which human activity is causing. Rather, The...
  • Is This The Perfect Prawn? - 'Beautifully Textured Meat, Rich Color, Robust Size And A Great Taste'

    06/28/2010 4:48:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies · 1+ views
    redOrbit ^ | Monday, 28 June 2010
    After 10 years of careful breeding and research, scientists have developed what could be the world’s most perfect prawn. CSIRO scientists and the prawn industry have bred an improved Black Tiger prawn which is producing record yields in aquaculture farms and winning awards. So good are these prawns that they have won five gold medals at the Sydney Royal Easter Show in the past two years, including ‘Champion of Show’, the highest award possible. The scientists from CSIRO's Food Futures Flagship have used DNA technology to ensure the breeding program captures the very best Black Tiger prawn stocks that nature...
  • It's all relative: Einstein world's smallest horse at 35cm high

    04/26/2010 3:53:27 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 25 replies · 957+ views
    A TINY stallion just 35cm high is thought to be a record breaker as the world's smallest foal. Einstein, a pinto stallion, weighed in at just 2.7kg when he was born last week in the US. Breeder Judy Smith, of Tiz A Miniature Horse Farm, in Barnstead, New Hampshire, told Sky News she thought he was dead when she first saw him. "I have been at this for 20 years plus, but I have never seen one this tiny or even close to it. "At first he didn't move very much. We started rubbing him with a towel and he...
  • HSUS Maps Agenda for the President

    10/07/2009 8:14:24 AM PDT · by brytlea · 20 replies · 506+ views
    Indiana Council for Animal Welfare ^ | August 07, 2009 | JOHN YATES
    WASHINGTON - The Humane Society of the United States is asking President Barack Obama and Congress to require everyone who raises dogs and cats to be regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, documents show. HSUS also is asking for the creation of an animal protection division within the U.S. Department of Justice that is "similar to the Civil Rights Division, to ensure strong enforcement of federal animal protection laws," thus granting animals rights similar to humans. HSUS also calls for a new position of animal protection liaison in the White House.
  • 'Super-Predator' Humans Force Evolution in Animals

    01/14/2009 1:56:00 PM PST · by em2vn · 33 replies · 615+ views
    Foxnews ^ | 01-14-09 | Robert Britt
    Acting as super-predators, humans are forcing changes to body size and reproductive abilities in some species 300 percent faster than would occur naturally, a new study finds. Hunting and fishing by individual sportsmen as well as large-scale commercial fishing are also outpacing other human influences, such as pollution, in effects on the animal kingdom.

    01/06/2009 10:37:42 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 21 replies · 540+ views
    SELF | Jan 07,2009 | swampsniper
    Until yesterday you could find White Ibis in small flocks near any water body. Now they are beginning to form larger flocks in preparation for breeding season. The first year birds, with darker plumage, will be left to fend on their own. Momma is going to be busy with new chicks.
  • Not Breeding Obvious In Splits Of Human Evolution

    08/15/2007 2:51:14 PM PDT · by blam · 46 replies · 1,167+ views
    The Canberra Times ^ | 8-15-2007 | Simon Grose
    Not breeding obvious in splits of human evolution Simon Grose 15 August 2007 ABOUT 353,000 babies will be born into the world today, about 700 of them in Australia. Same as yesterday and same as tomorrow. Many of their parents will worry about being able to properly feed them, or whether they may have contracted HIV in the womb. Whatever circumstances today's new children and their families face, every birth evokes a degree of hope. Firstly, that the baby is fit and well. Beyond that, a myriad of hopes can be evoked to lead their nation, to be rich, beautiful,...
  • Granpappy

    01/06/2007 10:21:36 AM PST · by occu77 · 2 replies · 356+ views
    The Missal ^ | 1/6/07 | Jack
    My Great Dane bitch is getting ready to litter. This will be the third generation of the same family of dogs to inhabit my household and be part of my family. The first girl dog we had, Kara, a Saint Dane (combination Great Dane and Saint Bernard) was the bitch of the sire of this generation. She was a great dog and favored a Great Dane in appearance except she was light brown in coloring. She was extremely tall and fast and loved running the deer, but unfortunately she was shot by a hunter early one morning. We're still not...
  • China: Giant pandas breeding at Wolong Nature Reserve(photos)

    01/04/2007 9:01:47 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 25 replies · 1,007+ views
    Xinhua ^ | 01/04/07
    Giant pandas breeding at Wolong Nature Reserve
  • Thai zoo to use videos to teach panda to mate

    11/12/2006 11:16:06 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 50 replies · 1,040+ views
    Tornonto Star ^ | Nov. 11, 2006 | REUTERS
    Thai zoo to use videos to teach panda to mate Nov. 11, 2006. 07:34 AM REUTERS BANGKOK ? A Thai zoo, which has hosted a couple of pandas for four years, will play "porn" videos for the male next month to encourage them to breed in captivity, the project manager said on Saturday. The pair ? living chastely together at the zoo in the northern city of Chiang Mai since arriving from China in 2003 ? would be separated in December, but stay close enough for occasional glimpses of each other, said panda project chief Prasertsak Buntrakoonpoontawee. "They don't know...
  • The Fertility Gap

    08/22/2006 11:36:49 AM PDT · by ritewingwarrior · 20 replies · 914+ views
    Wall Street Journal Online ^ | August 22, 2006 | ARTHUR C. BROOKS
    Liberal politics will prove fruitless as long as liberals refuse to multiply. The midterm election looms, and once again efforts begin afresh to increase voter participation. It has become standard wisdom in American politics that voter turnout is synonymous with good citizenship, justifying just about any scheme to get people to the polls. Arizona is even considering a voter lottery, in which all voters are automatically registered for a $1 million giveaway. Polling places and liquor stores in Arizona will now have something in common. On the political left, raising the youth vote is one of the most common goals....
  • Mammoths may roam again after 27,000 years

    08/14/2006 9:17:59 PM PDT · by peyton randolph · 129 replies · 3,440+ views
    Times Online (U.K.) ^ | 08/15/2006 | Mark Henderson
    BODIES of extinct Ice Age mammals, such as woolly mammoths, that have been frozen in permafrost for thousands of years may contain viable sperm that could be used to bring them back from the dead, scientists said yesterday. Research has indicated that mammalian sperm can survive being frozen for much longer than was previously thought, suggesting that it could potentially be recovered from species that have died out...
  • Texas Prof.: 'We're Breeding Our Brains Out' (We need to Kill More Humand to Save the Earth)

    04/04/2006 9:41:40 AM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 40 replies · 1,076+ views ^ | 04/04/2006 | Carl Limbacher
    Texas Prof.: 'We're Breeding Our Brains Out'Talk radio and blogs are taking aim at a University of Texas biology professor because of a published report suggesting he advocates death for most of the human population as a means of saving the Earth. However, Eric Pianka says his remarks about his beliefs were taken out of context, that he was just raising a warning that deadly disease epidemics are a threat if population growth isn't contained. "What we really need to do is start thinking about controlling our population before it's too late," he said Monday. "It's already too late, but...
  • Enjoys a Successful Year with Online Animal Auctions

    12/21/2005 6:55:49 AM PST · by Calpernia · 15 replies · 465+ views ^ | December 21, 2005 Enjoys a Successful Year with Online Animal Auctions Just over a year ago, a fledgling concept entered the Internet. Online animal auctions. has proudly proven the concept a success with sales ranging from pets to livestock. Enjoys a Successful Year with Online Animal Auctions December 21, 2005 --(PR.COM)-- had its successful launch November 26, 2004. It’s main focus, Online Animal Auctions. Since their sole focus is classified and auction format listings for live animals, the staff is able to spend considerable amounts time with screening users and lending personal assistance. Successful sales have included, pets such...
  • Stalin's half-man, half-ape super-warriors

    12/20/2005 6:01:15 AM PST · by NYer · 81 replies · 4,753+ views
    Scotsman ^ | December 20, 2005 | CHRIS STEPHEN AND ALLAN HALL
    THE Soviet dictator Josef Stalin ordered the creation of Planet of the Apes-style warriors by crossing humans with apes, according to recently uncovered secret documents. Moscow archives show that in the mid-1920s Russia's top animal breeding scientist, Ilya Ivanov, was ordered to turn his skills from horse and animal work to the quest for a super-warrior. According to Moscow newspapers, Stalin told the scientist: "I want a new invincible human being, insensitive to pain, resistant and indifferent about the quality of food they eat." In 1926 the Politburo in Moscow passed the request to the Academy of Science with the...
  • Great white's marathon sea trek

    10/08/2005 11:29:02 AM PDT · by bd476 · 34 replies · 1,140+ views
    BBC News ^ | October 6, 2005 | Roland Pease
    The shark may have made the journey to find a mate A great white shark crossed the Indian Ocean from South Africa to Australia and back again within just nine months. It was one of several great whites tagged by researchers in an attempt to improve conservation strategies. Writing in the journal Science, they say the journey is unparalleled among fish - only tuna come close. The mere act of tagging a great white is something of a feat; several people need to hold the creature still while the satellite tracker is attached. EPIC OCEAN JOURNEYIn picturesThe project will inform...
  • Breeding Stupidity:Where does the insistence "war in Iraq is creating terrorists" come from?

    07/16/2005 9:00:34 AM PDT · by CHARLITE · 37 replies · 1,224+ views
    THERE IS A STRANGE PAIRING of positions on the left. The first is that Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda were not connected. The work of Stephen F. Hayes and Thomas Joscelyn in THE WEEKLY STANDARD, which is supported by other serious investigative reporters such as Claudia Rosett has already established beyond any reasonable doubt that there was a web of connections, but the combination of the left's indifference to inconvenient facts and the international version of the soft bigotry of low expectations--an Arab dictator couldn't have had a sophisticated intelligence service capable of hiding such matters--make it an article of...
  • Sex and the single robot

    02/02/2005 9:07:15 AM PST · by flitton · 45 replies · 2,307+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 02/02/05 | Jonathan Watts
    Scientists have made them walk and talk. There are even robots that can run. But a South Korean professor is poised to take their development several steps further, and give cybersex new meaning. Kim Jong-Hwan, the director of the ITRC-Intelligent Robot Research Centre, has developed a series of artificial chromosomes that, he says, will allow robots to feel lusty, and could eventually lead to them reproducing. He says the software, which will be installed in a robot within the next three months, will give the machines the ability to feel, reason and desire. Kim, a leading authority on technology and...
  • Giant breeding deer Goliath dies in Pa. (260 lb'er., 28 points)

    12/27/2004 7:11:30 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 2,366+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 12/27/04 | Dan Nephin - AP
    PITTSBURGH (AP) - A 7 1/2-year-old monster buck named Goliath, allegedly stolen in 1999 and then returned to the ranch where he was raised, has died. The massive deer died Dec. 6; tests will determine the cause. The life span of a deer is 10 to 15 years. "It could have been due to a lot of the stress that he endured from being away from here," said Diane Miller, who raised the buck with her husband at their Wild Bunch Ranch, about 60 miles north of Pittsburgh. "It's just like losing a family member." Goliath, believed to be the...
  • Maize Reveals Traces Of Old Breeding Project

    12/02/2004 11:37:33 AM PST · by blam · 23 replies · 915+ views
    Nature ^ | 12-1-2004 | Emma Harris
    Maize reveals traces of old breeding project Emma Marris Gene suggests ancient culture selected patterns in its corn. Teosinte grass (left) compared to "reconstructed" primitive maize, created by crossing teosinte with Argentine pop corn. © The Doebley Lab The people of Mesoamerica are largely responsible for the golden corn we grow today, having domesticated tough teosinte grass thousands of years ago and bred it into modern maize. Researchers have now located the gene responsible for some of the traits that the Mesoamericans were selecting. The discovery should help scientists understand how plants develop, and reveals just how strict the ancient...
  • Love-rats cured by science

    06/18/2004 2:04:23 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 8 replies · 338+ views
    TVNZ, New Zealand ^ | Jun 18, 2004 | Reuters
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. What would you give for a simple injection that would stop your lover from cheating? Well, at least it works for meadow voles. A single gene inserted into the brain can change promiscuous male rodents into faithful, monogamous partners, scientists say. It may not be quite that simple to rein in human philanderers- many genes as well as other factors are probably involved in relationships among people. But researchers at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center of Emory University and Atlanta's Centre for Behavioral Neuroscience (CBN) in the United States say...
  • The New Master Race

    03/29/2004 1:16:31 PM PST · by Wombat101 · 32 replies · 1,000+ views
    SMH.COM.AU ^ | 3/29/04 | Unknown
    Herr of the dog has cure for German shepherd March 30, 2004 Defenders of the German shepherd dog are locked in a fierce battle about its future following claims that breeders have made it curvaceous and hopelessly soppy. Helmut Raiser, a former breeder with the German Shepherd Association, says he wants to purify the race and return the animal to its origins as a work dog with a fierce bite and a 48 kmh gallop. "The dog is an anatomical disaster," Mr Raiser said. "Nowadays he might still be a dog at the front, but he's a frog at the...
  • The Antiwar Movement's Nazi Connection

    04/25/2003 7:20:21 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 34 replies · 541+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 4/25/2003 | Ben Johnson
    The Antiwar Movement's Nazi ConnectionBy Ben | April 25, 2003 In the run-up to the liberation of Iraq, conservatives were tempted to say the entire anti-war movement represented nothing more than a conglomeration of Stalinists, Castroites and Islamists. Such a description would not do justice to the "peace" movement: it would omit the role of vicious anti-Semites. FrontPage Magazine recently exposed the neo-Nazi Bill White’s ("The Bottom of the Barrel"), but giving White a run for his bile is one Bruce Alan "Vincent" Breeding, a professional anti-Semite and sometime Satan-worshiper whose life’s purpose lies in fighting the Jews....
  • A mystery in black and white: Domesticated animals look - and act - differently ...

    01/29/2003 8:38:42 AM PST · by Prolixus · 39 replies · 961+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | 1/28/2003 | Cynthia Mills
    <p>Domesticated animals look - and act - differently from than their wild counterparts. Why?</p> <p>The experiment was derived out of a discussion student Brian Hare had with his adviser, Michael Tomasello, an expert in primate behavior at Emory University. They were talking about how bad chimpanzees were at understanding human social cues. Despite being the heavyweights of animal intelligence, chimps were insensitive to what seemed to be obvious hints: They failed to pick up a cup hiding food even when the experimenter stared at it, pointed to it, and even tapped it. Tomasello wanted to talk about what this meant about the limits of nonhuman intelligence. Hare, a pet owner, had a down-to-Earth response: ''My dogs can do this.''</p>
  • The domestication of the russian silver fox. (40 year fast track evolution)

    12/16/2002 6:21:39 PM PST · by dennisw · 236 replies · 33,551+ views
    internet ^ | (10/29/02 3:59:34 pm) | dj
    Early Canid Domestication: The Farm Fox Experiment Foxes bred for tameability in a 40-year experiment exhibit remarkable transformations that suggest an interplay between behavioral genetics and development. When scientists ponder how animals came to be domesticated, they almost inevitably wind up thinking about dogs. The dog was probably the first domestic animal, and it is the one in which domestication has progressed the furthest - far enough to turn Canis lupus into Canis familiaris. Evolutionary theorists have long speculated about exactly how dogs' association with human beings may have been linked to their divergence from their wild wolf forebears,...
  • Designing Trees

    06/05/2002 3:19:57 PM PDT · by vannrox · 5 replies · 449+ views
    Scientific American ^ | FR Post 6-6-2 | By Naomi Lubick
    Designing Trees The same, often controversial gene-tweaking techniques that brought uspest-resistant fruits and vegetables now have a new target: trees. By Naomi Lubick Image: Courtesy of S. MerkleUNTIL THE BLIGHT, majestic American Chestnut trees dominated many U.S. forests. This image was taken in 1910 in the Great Smokey Mountains of North Carolina. To gain an appreciation for the promise--and perils--of genetically modified trees, consider the case of the American chestnut. Few trees have had such a remarkable presence and impact on the American landscape and ecosystem as the chestnut. Mature trees grew to 100 feet tall and their trunks...