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Published May 02 2019

Since the beginning of the Pokemon phenomenon, the villain Mewtwo has stood out as a fan favorite. Easily one of the biggest reasons for his popularity is the mysterious origin of his creation. Unlike normal Pokemon, Mewtwo was created by scientists in an attempt to clone the legendary Mew, but is this sort of cloning science really possible? Kyle stocks up on Pokeballs and ventures into the tall grass in search of answers on this week's Because Science!


Learn More:
RECOMBINANT DNA: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recombinant_DNA#Expression
POKEMON MANSION JOURNALS: https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Pok%C3%A9mon_Mansion_journals
MEWTWO: https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Mewtwo_(Pok%C3%A9mon)
MAKING RECOMBINANT DNA: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK21881/
ROLE OF RECOMBINANT DNA IMPROVING LIFE: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5178364/
MARE GIVES BIRTH TO OWN CLONE: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/mare-gives-birth-to-own-c/
SOMATIC CELL NUCLEAR TRANSFER: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somatic_cell_nuclear_transfer
A JOURNEY THROUGH HORSE CLONING: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/321696736_A_journey_through_horse_cloning