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LEADING EDGE
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Thursday 21:00-21:30
Leading Edge brings you the latest news from the world of science. Geoff Watts celebrates discoveries as soon as they're being talked about - on the internet, in coffee rooms and bars; often before they're published in journals. And he gets to grips with not just the science, but with the controversies and conversation that surround it.
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Thursday 4 November 2004
Kitten clones - Tabouli and Baba Ganoush
Kitten clones - Tabouli and Baba Ganoush

Honey, I cloned the cat
 
A genetics company in California say they're set to release the first commercially cloned kittens by the end of the year.
 
Using samples of DNA and a new cloning technique, geneticists can now bring a replica of your favourite moggie back to life.
 
Glow worms

A new disease which leaves glow-in-the-dark wounds is being studied by researchers at the University of Bath.

This bioluminescent bacteria was known to kill insects, but now it has evolved far enough to infect humans.

Geoff Watts finds out why insects are such a good breeding ground for human disease.

How to stop smoking
 
Anyone who has tried to give up smoking knows how addictive nicotine can be.
 
Now scientists from CALTECH are getting to grips with the neurological pathway that leads to this addiction.
The hope is that someday, a drug could be produced that stops people smoking.

Butterfly talk

Whilst in her butterfly greenhouse, researcher Miriam Hay-Roe made a surprising discovery.

The blue-and-white longwing species inside there seemed to be making clicking sounds to communicate.

Geoff Watts learns how and why butterflies talk to each other.

Leading Edge returns in a new series on Thursday February 3rd, 2005

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