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August 16, 2009

The Center for PostNatural History

image from the Center for PostNatural History

We humans have come up with lots of places to see the planet's life. There are aquaria for fish, aviaries for birds, arboretums for plants, wildlife refuges for, well, wildlife.

But what about the rapidly growing number of organisms that have been deliberately altered...and in some cases created...by humans. Welcome to The Center for PostNatural History.

The CPNH (as they like to be known) seeks to document, display, and explain the story of life after man got involved. Their mandate includes genetic manipulation that we humans have done for centuries -- such as selective breeding of farm animals -- as well as more recent phenomena such as gene splicing and synthetic biology.

Their website has a nice short video explaining what they're into.

The CPNH doesn't yet have a permanent home, but they have had several exhibits on display at cooperating art galleries. Their website also features their PostNatural Organism of the Month. Roll up and learn the true story of the military goat modified to make spider's silk in its milk!

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Posted by Chris Spurgeon at August 16, 2009 07:59 AM