Editor's note

On this day in 1997, a sheep named Dolly captured international attention when researchers announced they’d successfully cloned her from an adult ewe’s cell. These scientists’ success was the culmination of decades of work by many researchers, raising plenty of new questions, both scientific and ethical.

Colorado State University’s George Seidel explains some of the basics of cloning, particularly its applications in livestock, and reminds us that even genetically identical animals express different characteristics depending on their developmental environment and more. Michigan State University’s José Cibelli describes the mysterious relationship between cloning and aging – how can we reset the clock so a cloned animal’s chronological age will match its biological one?

And as President Trump makes the case for curbing immigration to protect the U.S. from Islamist terrorism, five terrorism experts use data to tell a cautionary tale about another major threat to life in the U.S. – far-right extremism.

Maggie Villiger

Senior Editor, Science + Technology

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Well hello, Dolly. Photo courtesy of The Roslin Institute, The University of Edinburgh.

20 years after Dolly: Everything you always wanted to know about the cloned sheep and what came next

George Seidel, Colorado State University

In 1997, scientists announced they'd created a healthy sheep cloned from another ewe's mammary gland cell. Two decades on, the technique is being refined and applied to new challenges.

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    Activists today are racing to save climate records from the Trump administration. Secret archives were a powerful way to fight hostile political climates throughout history – from the Nazis to the Islamic State.

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