March 30, 2013 |
They closely monitored her hormone levels, watched her behavior to make sure the time was right and set up a quiet night with a mate. But it didn't do the trick. So on Saturday, the Smithsonian's National Zoo performed an artificial insemination on giant panda Mei Xiang. There is only a short window of opportunity for a giant panda to breed, so scientists at the National Zoo have been trying to make the most of it. When putting Mei Xiang and male Tian Tian together overnight didn't result in breeding, the scientists decided to inseminate Mei Xiang with sperm collected from Tian Tian.
February 4, 2013 |
Craggy grizzled faces shot in black and white. Paul Harvey extolling the old-fashioned virtues of hard work and self-reliance that so exemplifies the way we see ourselves. What's not to like about the Dodge farmers commercial that aired during the Super Bowl? Well, plenty, actually. And many thanks to the brilliant Rachel Laudan for analyzing them so nicely. In her essay -- "God Made a Farmer. Oh Really? " -- Laudan argues that though that commercial made us all feel really good, it actually does farming a disservice by repeating images stuck in the past.
March 22, 2012
The Supreme Court heard arguments Monday in a case titled Astrue vs. Capato, but a better name for it might be "In re: Brave New World. " Karen Capato, who conceived twins through artificial insemination after their biological father died, asked the justices to overrule the Social Security Administration and hold that the children are entitled to survivor benefits. As JusticeSamuel A. Alito Jr.pointed out, the authors of the Social Security Act "never had any inkling about the situation that has arisen in this case.
November 4, 2006 |
Australian scientists on Monday unveiled three baby koalas produced with new artificial insemination technology designed to ensure the species' survival. The breeding techniques involve mixing sperm with a solution that prolongs its shelf life. About 25 koalas have been produced by artificial insemination with a success rate approaching that of natural mating.
June 14, 2006 |
Israel's Supreme Court ruled that the assassin of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin should be allowed to father children through artificial insemination. Yigal Amir and his wife had petitioned the court for the right to bear children. Amir, serving a life sentence without parole for the 1995 assassination, married Larissa Trimbobler by proxy in 2004; the prison service does not allow them conjugal visits.
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December 3, 2005 |
A state appeals court ruled Friday that two fertility doctors had the right to refuse to artificially inseminate a lesbian based on her marital status because it would have violated their religious beliefs. The ruling reversed a lower court decision that Drs. Christine Brody and Douglas Fenton could not use religion as a defense against a lawsuit filed by Guadalupe T. Benitez, 33.