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Animal Sperm Bank Could Help Populate Other Planets

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August 30, 2013
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Japanese scientists say they've developed a technique to freeze animal sperm so they can unfreeze it years later. It could be a way to help bring endangered species back from the brink of extinction, or possibly even populate a new planet with animals. Patrick Jones (@Patrick_E_Jones) reports.


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Brave New World of Genetic Testing

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Brazil's Wildlife Victim of Lucrative Trafficking

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