Things have changed since Steinbeck’s time but could Lennie still be the result?
Of Mice and Men
The Japanese have done it.
But unless we construct some ethical fence
For this to succeed
Life not as we knew it;
27th June 2013 – headline from Daily Mail
Notes: “Japanese scientists clone a mouse from a SINGLE drop of blood.” Blood cells from a donor mouse’s tail were collected and used to make the cloned female mouse, which went on to reproduce and live a regular lifespan. The cells can be used for cloning immediately after collection and no donor animals need to be euthanised. The efficiency of cloning from these cell types is very good which is helpful if the intention is to use cloning to propagate and expand numbers of rare or valuable types of individual or species.
- Mouse cloned from drop of blood (bbc.co.uk)