History of Science Journalism

The Light Years

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[Title] The light years
Yannick Villedieu: Hello, this is Yannick Villedieu of the team. Welcome to this March 2, 1007 edition of Light Years.
Today, we are doing to discuss Dolly and cloning, but Johanne Arcan and I are also going to talk about a very, very beautiful visitor.
Johanne Arcan: Yes, the Albop comet is fast approaching Earth and it is already being termed the comet of 1997.
And conversely, regarding the infinitely small, German physicists have perhaps identified a new particle, the leptoquark.
YV: And so Marc Bourgault, you also have something to offer regarding the infinitely small?
Marc: Yes, the National Research Council of Canada has just been entered into the Guinness Book of Records. Two scientists have perfected the smallest ruler ever to exist.
YV: The nano...

M and YV: ruler.
YV: But for starters, here is a story about sheep, sheep, sheep, sheep, sheep, sheep, sheep.
YV: Well yes. The news has travelled the world and made headlines in all the newspapers. It has also figured prominently in radio and television bulletins.
You have heard a lot about it. You have probably even discussed it with friends and colleagues,
but all the same, we are going to discuss it on this show because it is unavoidable,
because with the cloning of an adult sheep by a team of British researchers, one step, one huge step forward has been made in animal reproduction.
Details were made public, on Thursday, in the very prestigious and serious Nature science journal, but many view this step forward as very troubling.
In all the newspapers and on radio and television, one question immediately comes to people's minds: and if it were to be done to humans?
So, we will be discussing humans shortly and cloning's potential outreach to humans,
but for the moment, let us consider what has been done and published by researchers in Edinburgh, Scotland, that concerns one species: the sheep.
My first guest is a reproduction researcher. Among other things, he has participated as a biologist in the in vitro human fertilization program at his hospital, the CHUL, in Québec.
His name is Raymond Lambert. He is also a member of the Universal Movement for Scientific Responsibility.
Dr. Raymond Lambert, this new step forward in animal reproduction: would you qualify it as progress, a revolution, a precedent?
Raymond Lambert: Well! It is progress, a revolution and a precedent. The three terms are exact.
YV: Yes.
RL: Well, it is progress, because technology will allow us to reproduce farm animals of great value, meaning genetic and productive potential, with a certain ease.