Remember Dolly the sheep? How in 1996 she made international news as the first cloned mammal? Now, imagine using those techniques to bring back extinct animals, such as the mammoth or the passenger pigeon. While the concept may no longer be science fiction, the costs and consequences of this research are still unknown. MacArthur Award recipient and evolutionary biologist Beth Shapiro of UC Santa Cruz discusses the scientific and ethical questions raised by what’s known as Ancient DNA research in this fascinating talk presented by the new Institute for Practical Ethics at UC San Diego.
As the remarkable folks featured in the UCTV Prime series “Going Places: UC Education Abroad” are showing us, the study abroad experience can be a lot more meaningful than a few cool stamps in a passport. And the latest episode, “Changing the World: Building a Clinic, Bridging Worlds,” is no exception.
While studying abroad in Ghana, UC Santa Cruz student Jeremy Kirshbaum launched an effort to help residents of a remote mountain village construct a life-saving medical clinic. Now, students at UC Santa Cruz are helping residents of this mountain community acquire critical funding and health resources through ecotourism, bead sales and benefit concerts, while forging enduring connections across continents and cultures.
Watch “Changing the World: Building a Clinic, Bridging Worlds,” and check out more inspiring study abroad stories at the “Going Places: UC Education Abroad” website. Stay tuned for the final two episodes — all about “Changing Lives” — on December 18.