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Faking Organisms

  • Henry Nicholls
Part of the Macmillan Science book series (MACSCI)

Abstract

If geneticists do manage to identify a Pinta female for Lonesome George, it would be a triumph. If they don’t, it would still be worth sticking one or two of the more closely related Española females into his enclosure. There’s no guarantee (even with a bit of manual encouragement from someone like Grigioni) that George would show any more interest in them than he has in the Isabela females currently in his pen. If he really turns out to be as disinterested in sex as he appears, what then?

Keywords

Luteinizing Hormone Artificial Insemination Bactrian Camel Desert Tortoise Luteinizing Hormone Peak 
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Notes and sources

  1. ‘Given the minimal risk…’: Fritts (2002)Google Scholar
  2. Electroejaculation of wild elephants: Thomas Hildebrandt, personal communicationGoogle Scholar
  3. Electroejaculation of tortoises and turtles: Carrol Platz Jr, personal communicationGoogle Scholar
  4. ‘That was probably the biggest problem …’: Carrol Platz Jr, personal communicationGoogle Scholar
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  6. ‘Electroejaculation is not something they would ever do’: Linda Cayot, personal communicationGoogle Scholar
  7. Cryopreservation of sperm, eggs and embryos: Pickard and Holt (2004); Bill Holt, personal communicationGoogle Scholar
  8. Black-footed ferret genome resource bank: Howard et al. (2003)Google Scholar
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  10. ‘The best I ever got was 10% recovery…’: Carrol Platz Jr, personal communicationGoogle Scholar
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  12. Obesity reduces sperm count: Jensen et al. (2004)Google Scholar
  13. Nutritional study on Lonesome George: Oftedal (1994); Olav Oftedal, personal communicationGoogle Scholar
  14. Luteinizing hormone in elephants: Hildebrandt et al. (2003); Hildebrandt, personal communicationGoogle Scholar
  15. Reptile reproduction: Schramm et al. (1999); Lance (2003); Valentine Lance and Beatrix Schramm, personal communicationGoogle Scholar
  16. ‘I would not recommend it at all …’: Beatrix Schramm, personal communicationGoogle Scholar

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© Henry Nicholls 2010

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  • Henry Nicholls

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