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Re-Pet a Reality

michael posted more than 9 years ago | from the double-your-pleasure dept.

Biotech 482

tigerdarklord writes "The Sci-Fi concept of pet cloning has become a commercial venture. Genetic Savings & Clone now not only offers genebanking for your pet (alive or recently dead), but a full service cloning shop. Although they started by producing two clones of the CEO's cat, they have now produced their first commercial clone for a woman from Texas. GSC has modified their cloning procedure to overcome the resemblance issues demonstrated when the College of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M, created CopyCat. The technology looks promising but the $50,000 price tag will prove to place the service out of the reach of most pet owners."

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I for one (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11169098)

Welcome our furry overlords!

Looking forward to it! (4, Funny)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 9 years ago | (#11169102)

In all of Ruffy's 14 years, I never could teach her not to piddle on the rug. Now I have a second chance to housetrain her once and for all.

Re:Looking forward to it! (3, Funny)

magellen (770417) | more than 9 years ago | (#11169181)

for $50,000 I could pay a Penthous Pet to piss on the the carpet for me, I'd take pictures and open up a water games website :)

Re:Looking forward to the spinoff technologies (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11169345)

The customers of these guys are funding our future. Before criticizing them, consider, they're giving us
  • safe and affordable organ transplants from our own cloned tissue
  • endangered species returning.
  • extinct species returning.
  • opportunities for better cheap foods
  • ultimately contributing to our immortality
Getting cloning out of the hands of a few drug companies who want to profit from the rest of the world's ignorance will create industries and opportunities we can't even imagine today.

Once the price falls from $50000 to $50, and they clone organs of humans, medicine will never be the same.

I wonder (5, Funny)

MalaclypseTheYounger (726934) | more than 9 years ago | (#11169112)

I wonder if they can clone my pet bee so I can have a whole Eric-the-bee instead of my Eric-the-half-bee due to his 'accident'.

Re:I wonder (2, Funny)

dsheeks (65644) | more than 9 years ago | (#11169322)

Great idea. We just need a "Whole Cat/Dog/Bee/etc. Life Insurance Policy". Based on the life expectancy of the cat, (12 years for indoor cat, 6 months for outdoor cat near the Interstate, etc.), they save a few cat cells and collect between $350 and $8333 per month. If the cat dies early, they replace it with an exact replica (minus wear), or if the cat outlives the policy you get to collect dividend payments until the cat kicks off. You could even have a cash payout clause in case it turns out you don't really like the insured cat afterall. Petropolitan Life anyone (sorry for the bad pub).

I tawt I taw a puddy cat... (3, Funny)

andreMA (643885) | more than 9 years ago | (#11169113)

again...

Re:I tawt I taw a puddy cat... (0, Redundant)

Guppy (12314) | more than 9 years ago | (#11169133)

"I tawt I taw a puddy cat... again"

Looks like somebody made a change in the matrix?

More money than brains I guess (5, Insightful)

grub (11606) | more than 9 years ago | (#11169117)


The technology looks promising but the $50,000 price tag will prove to place the service out of the reach of most pet owners.

... and they get a pet that looks like their deceased pet yet isn't. "Mittens 2.0 scratches my furniture, Mittens 1.0 didn't."
If these people really loved animals and would quit trying to relive the past with a facsimile-pet the $50K (or less) would be better used if donated to a pet shelter for food and sterilization programs. And while they're there they could take home an animal currently on death row.

Re:More money than brains I guess (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11169146)

Whilst slash strictly says don't do this, I can't help myself.

Well fucking said!

Re:More money than brains I guess (1)

Richie1984 (841487) | more than 9 years ago | (#11169158)

I don't particularly think it's about loving animals. It seems to me that it's just a way to stop the grieving process to some extent, which can't be healthy. How long will it be before these very same people try to clone a deceased human loved one?

Re:More money than brains I guess (1)

mahdi13 (660205) | more than 9 years ago | (#11169228)

Didn't see "The 6th Day" did you?

They are already cloning people, just are not letting us know!

Re:More money than brains I guess (2, Insightful)

grub (11606) | more than 9 years ago | (#11169238)


It seems to me that it's just a way to stop the grieving process to some extent

Sure, it's natural to want to end personal suffering but the wait for the new animal and the eventual letdown of it not being identical to the clonee can't be healthy either. Grief is a natural part of being human. Yes, it sucks and that's why we have so many people medicated now (Feel Good Forever!)

When my cat (Baby, 13 year old silver tabby I found as a wee kitten) dies, I know I'll be devastated. But having a Baby 2.0 running around isn't the same. I'd pick up another cat once I'm over grieving for her.

Re:More money than brains I guess (3, Insightful)

Richie1984 (841487) | more than 9 years ago | (#11169293)

Sure, it's natural to want to end personal suffering but the wait for the new animal and the eventual letdown of it not being identical to the clonee can't be healthy either.

Exactly. Having Pet Dog V2 running around would just be a constant reminder of V1. Your pet dies, you deal with it. I have lots of pet dogs and it never ever ever gets easier, but death is an important part of life.

Re:More money than brains I guess (1)

Tassach (137772) | more than 9 years ago | (#11169199)

Exactly. A clone your beloved pet isn't going to necessarily look like or act like the original. Saving an (equally lovable) animal from death row or adopting a neighborhood stray is going to give you much more satisfaction.

Re:More money than brains I guess (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11169204)

Exactly. You could probably even find one that looks nearly the same as your old pet, if you tried hard enough.

Re:More money than brains I guess (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11169215)

If these people really loved animals and would quit trying to relive the past with a facsimile-pet the $50K (or less) would be better used if donated to a pet shelter for food and sterilization programs.

If these people really loved animals, they wouldn't be sterilizing the poor things. Most pet-owners are not animal-lovers, they're just selfish bastards who want to have companions that they can control.

Re:More money than brains I guess (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11169264)


who want to have companions that they can control.

You've never owned a cat, have you?

Re:More money than brains I guess (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11169352)

p0nw3d!

Re:More money than brains I guess (4, Insightful)

rjstanford (69735) | more than 9 years ago | (#11169249)

If these people really loved animals and would quit trying to relive the past with a facsimile-pet the $50K (or less) would be better used if donated to a pet shelter for food and sterilization programs.

Yeah, they could. Of course, people who loved animals could take the $3000 they spent on a new computer to replace their barely-a-year-old computer and donate it to a pet shelter as well. People spend money. The vast majority of it goes to things that other people think are "wasteful," at least in this country. The only thing that changes is the perspective.

As to the wisdom of spending $50k on a cat - any cat - I'd say that it depends a lot on your overall financial picture.

And as for cloning, well, that's another debate entirely. Two debates actually, one on the ethics of it and another one on the effectiveness. Ah, joy.

Investment in the Future of Technology (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11169262)

I feel thankful and grateful for these pioneer-customers who are contributing to making a better future.

The guys paying $200000 for a seat in Virgin/Scaled/SpaceShip2 will let my kids fly in space.

The guys paying $50000 for cloning their pets will let my kids live forever.

Let's appreciate these guys instead of insulting them.

Re:Investment in the Future of Technology (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11169384)

Let's appreciate these guys instead of insulting them.

You make it sound like one act precludes the other... Suckers have their uses, in fact a certain amount of suckers is almost indispensible. You just don't want to be one of them.

Re:More money than brains I guess (1, Insightful)

pete-classic (75983) | more than 9 years ago | (#11169300)

You are so right. What does she know about what she wants and how to spend her money?

In fact, we should appoint grub Emperor, so he can make sure we all always make smart decisions. I'd hate to be caught spending my money on things I want instead of using it for a charity that has grub's favor.

Thanks for your valuable input.

-Peter

Re:More money than brains I guess (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11169335)

What does she know about what she wants and how to spend her money?

Who are we to tell people in the 1800's that buying slaves with their money was wrong?
He had a point, you have a rant.

Re:More money than brains I guess (1)

the Howard Dean Camp (748694) | more than 9 years ago | (#11169380)

So anybody who doesn't donate to a pet shelter is wrong? They're now to be equated with slaveowners? You're a fucking genius.

Now Flippy the Hampster can be immortal! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11169121)

Just think, for $50K every two or three years, and you can bring two year olds around the world much joy.

Is the RIAA ok with this? (4, Funny)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 9 years ago | (#11169126)

"Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M, created CopyCat"

Someone better check with the RIAA to make sure that this does not violate the DMCA.

Re:Is the RIAA ok with this? (2, Insightful)

museumpeace (735109) | more than 9 years ago | (#11169360)

its fair to mod this funny but do keep in mind that your PTO grants patents on plants. In particular, plant species newly discovered or produced for the first time by some form of hybridization...so what, other than religous dogma, would keep them from granting patents on strains of cat or dog? The notion of proprietary interest in a particular compliment of genes is established in law and the way breeders try to make money off dogs, cats, goldfish and, of course, race horses pretty well establishes the monitary motivation for those proprietary interests in genetic "Intellectual Property"...go ahead and laugh...That's what many do when they should be scared.

For future reference... (1)

M3rk1n_Muffl3y (833866) | more than 9 years ago | (#11169134)

...read the Pet Cemetery, by Stephen King to find out how this is all likely to end.

Re:For future reference... (1)

WormholeFiend (674934) | more than 9 years ago | (#11169224)

I believe you've mispelled Sematary.

Now at least we'll have some options open when the "Stephen King's Dead" posts are true.

This should solve a dilemma (4, Interesting)

BJZQ8 (644168) | more than 9 years ago | (#11169138)

This whole experiment should solve the nature-vs-nurture controversy. The client claims that the cloned cat has the same personality as its donor...but then again, how closely was this one raised to its predecessor?

Re:This should solve a dilemma (2, Insightful)

jm92956n (758515) | more than 9 years ago | (#11169246)

This whole experiment should solve the nature-vs-nurture controversy.

Identical twins have existed throughout history, and yet the controversy still persists. This is hardly likely to provide any conclusive evidence.

Re:This should solve a dilemma (1)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 9 years ago | (#11169315)

But this way we can be more sciencetific about the tests. We cannot take human twins seporate them and put them in a box for 20 years feed them the same stimuli and see what they do. VS. With animals most cats would be happy living in a box getting fed regulary in a controlled environment.

Re:This should solve a dilemma (1)

cakefool (801210) | more than 9 years ago | (#11169369)

you obviously don't own a cat.

Re:This should solve a dilemma (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11169370)

We could already do this. Kittens are almost always born in litters, and therefore almost all kittens are twins/triplets/etc. Cloning species that frequently produce multiple births achieves nothing.

Re:This should solve a dilemma (1)

bhima (46039) | more than 9 years ago | (#11169275)

I've heard cat lovers talk about certain breeds having certain traits.

Let me clarify that... Lat week my neighbor presented this theory while explaining why her cat would come over to my place and inspect all the goings on. It's not the first time I've heard that. Sort of like the bored kids that come over to play on my MAME cocktail cab.

My pet is going to heaven (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11169139)

I am a Christian, and I believe that when my beloved kitty dies, she will go to heaven to be with Jesus. By saving her DNA, I would be denying her a future with Our Savior Jesus Christ.

I really hope stuff like this is outlawed by President Bush. He is a good man, and surely realizes that this is an abomination in God's eyes.

Long time reader, first time poster. I just felt I had to respond to this story.

Have a blessed day.

-Mike

Re:My pet is going to heaven (-1, Troll)

agraupe (769778) | more than 9 years ago | (#11169221)

Oh my fucking lord... no, no, not the Christians invading /. Anyone who refers to Jesus Christ as "Our Savior" (note capitalization) should be beaten to death. with their own limbs. It's okay to be religious, but when Fuckface here hopes cloning is outlawed so cats will spend time with Jesus, I think we can all agree it has gone too far. Not to mention that George Bush is an abomination in the World's eyes, irregardless of God.

Re:My pet is going to heaven (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11169346)

Not to mention that George Bush is an abomination in the World's eyes, irregardless of God.

You mean like how the word "irregardless" is an abomination in the eyes of those who speak English?

Re:My pet is going to heaven (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11169277)

I'm pretty sure the parent was being satirical, because natural selection should have eliminated anyone stupid enough to believe that drivel by now. Now there's something to believe in.

I also really hope stuff like this is outlawed by President Bush, however. Someone might try to clone him, and people could vote for the clone in 2008.

Have a day.

Re:My pet is going to heaven (1)

M3rk1n_Muffl3y (833866) | more than 9 years ago | (#11169303)

He is a good man

Nope. Try again...

Re:My pet is going to heaven (1)

Prophet of Nixon (842081) | more than 9 years ago | (#11169312)

Not to take any sides here, but wouldn't the cloned animal (or person) not possess the same soul? I mean, its just replicated meat, when that clone matures its brain and soul are just a blank slate, free to become whatever they will. Even if the clone were raised in exactly the same manner and force-fed exactly the same information as the original, chance says that they won't be the same as the original... However, I will say that if being cloned suddenly yanks one's soul from the afterlife and back into reality, then I'm signing up!

Go ahead, but I say it's a waste (1)

Neil Blender (555885) | more than 9 years ago | (#11169140)

I could reproduce my cat, but it won't be the same cat. In my opinion, nuture plays as much a role as nature in defining the personality of a dog or cat. You like you animal for its behaviour, not what it looks like (at least I do).

Inevitably the same (5, Funny)

wombatmobile (623057) | more than 9 years ago | (#11169240)

It'll be the same cat. For the same reason that your girlfriend is turning into her mother.

Re:Inevitably the same (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11169316)

Ahahahahaa!! You almost made me snort mountain dew out my nose!

Re:Go ahead, but I say it's a waste (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11169287)

Its an ivestment in the future.

This same clconing technology these guys are funding will

  • save endangered species.
  • make cheaper, better food
  • make organ transplants safe
  • teach lots about the nature/nurture debates.
I think these guys for funding awesome technology.

I BET (1)

magellen (770417) | more than 9 years ago | (#11169143)

for $50,000 a geek like me could have a Hooker for a 'PET' full time :p

Re:I BET (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11169184)

for $50,000 a geek like me could have a Hooker for a 'PET' full time :p

In fact, probably most well paid geeks have already spent at least $50K on pussy.

$50,000.... (3, Funny)

Tebriel (192168) | more than 9 years ago | (#11169145)

is a lot of money for the "same" pet to piss all over the carpet.

I'll just go down to the pound and get a pet for $20 to piss all over the carpet, thanks.

Re:$50,000.... (1)

Tenebrious1 (530949) | more than 9 years ago | (#11169354)

is a lot of money for the "same" pet to piss all over the carpet. I'll just go down to the pound and get a pet for $20 to piss all over the carpet, thanks.

That's what I'd do, and pocket the other $49,980. Maybe pay half to an "independent" 3rd party run DNA tests to confirm the clone.

More pets please (1)

wombatmobile (623057) | more than 9 years ago | (#11169155)

Let's hope Hugh Hefner supports this initiative.

Re:More pets please (1)

Tassach (137772) | more than 9 years ago | (#11169245)

Wrong smutmeister.

Hef has Playmates. [playboy.com] Bob Guccione has Pets. [penthoust.com]

Re:More pets please (1)

wombatmobile (623057) | more than 9 years ago | (#11169341)

Hef has Playmates. Bob Guccione has Pets.

All are mammals.

Re:More pets please (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11169365)

...with large mammaries!

Re:More pets please (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11169283)

Playboy has Playmates. I believe you are thinking of Penthouse which has pets. I knew that all these years of pron would come in handy!

Remember the Last time (1)

Prince Vegeta SSJ4 (718736) | more than 9 years ago | (#11169160)

someone fooled with the life force of a CAT [houseofhorrors.com] .

sometimes dead is better

Good! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11169163)

Anything that gets rid of all those damned "lost cat - reward" signs plastering every frickin tree in my neighborhood, is fine by me.

Yes, but... (2, Insightful)

Cutting_Crew (708624) | more than 9 years ago | (#11169167)

didnt the lady say that everything about this cat is exactly alike? i imagine as time goes on and as the kitten grows to an adult(assuming the kitten lives that long) then some things will start happening that didnt happen before. i agree with one of the comments that for $50,000 she could have saved a lot of cats from being put to death, but rather found loving caring homes.

Re:Yes, but... (1)

bobcave (775032) | more than 9 years ago | (#11169350)

First of all, how does the 50 grand suddenly make people want to adopt these cats? Secondly, what business is it of yours *what* she does with her money. If she wants to buy a beamer, get two thousand table dances, or clone her cat - she can do what she pleases with her dough. (in soviet russia, clones pet *you*)

A hot girl's DNA (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11169169)

and I used this service, would the clone be "owned" by me? Could I force it to have sex with me whenever I wanted?

Would I need the permission of the hot chick if it was just some hair of hers I found in her cubicle?

Re:A hot girl's DNA (4, Funny)

plover (150551) | more than 9 years ago | (#11169344)

and I used this service, would the clone be "owned" by me? Could I force it to have sex with me whenever I wanted?

Why do you think the first thing the Scottish scientist cloned was a sheep?

A girrrrllllll sheep...

This is going to be the best prom EVER!

Thats funny... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11169170)

It looks just like the one I picked up from the local paper for FREE! For $50,000 that one better be able to clean my house and do my dishes. ...and I thought my G/F was an expensive pussy...

Well.. (1)

holzp (87423) | more than 9 years ago | (#11169176)

Better cats than stormtroopers.

Not getting what they pay for - your cat is DEAD (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11169178)

These people are not and never will be ressurecting their loved dead pets. The pet that you loved is DEAD. Go save some pet that is actually still alive and save it from being gassed.

GFP (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11169185)

I'd rather have a nice glowing pet by transfecting the kitty with the GFP gene. http://www.fluorescentpets.com/ [fluorescentpets.com]

Two Words (1)

Kurt Wall (677000) | more than 9 years ago | (#11169195)

Pet Sematary. I loved my cat, but that whole glowing-eyes-bad-temper thing is a definite turn-off.

Stephen King's [stephenking.com] novel is great, but this is one development that I'd prefer to keep strictly fiction.

Re:Two Words (1)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 9 years ago | (#11169372)

Didn't Stephen King Die?

"Hey... Jellomizer... They can't see you winking from a text/html only post"

So what would happen... (1)

CompuSwerve (792986) | more than 9 years ago | (#11169198)

...to my TwistyCat(TM)? Would it be more or less Twisty(TM)?

re-girlfriend? (1)

alarch (830794) | more than 9 years ago | (#11169201)

now only if they could bring back my Jane. too bad that it cannot bring what is really important - the mind. cat's or girl's, a body is nothing. hardware matters only if you have the software to run on it

Prosecution (4, Interesting)

maxchaote (796339) | more than 9 years ago | (#11169209)

I wonder if this cloning business would eventually result in DNA evidence being inadmissable in court.

Re:Prosecution (1)

Ironsides (739422) | more than 9 years ago | (#11169386)

They already have that problem when someone who has an indentical twin commits a crime. Luckily, the other twin has been able to provide a rock solid alibi so far. Sometimes from jail. But it is already an issue, including in rape cases.

However, the one major problem with a clone of a human is that the clone would still be many years younger. If I got cloned now, I might have to worry about this in around 14 or more years but not before.

Re:Prosecution (1)

plover (150551) | more than 9 years ago | (#11169399)

Great point -- RNA transcription is already done in crime labs around the country (it's how they duplicate enough biological evidence to have enough DNA to test.)

Simply collect a sample from whatever poor schmuck you want to frame (hair, spit, blood, mucous, whatever), spray a squirt bottle full of his DNA all over a black leather glove cleverly left behind at the scene, then just add Ito.

Out of reach? (1)

Rostin (691447) | more than 9 years ago | (#11169230)

I don't think the $50,000 price tag is really an obstacle. I mean, think of all the average people driving $40,000 SUVs and $100,000 motor homes. I think there are a lot of middle-class weirdos out there who would be willing to make payments for the rest of their lives to get a cat or dog back.

Re:Out of reach? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11169330)

I dont think your bank will finance your cat cloning. If it wasnt for financing you probably wouldnt see many 50.000 SUV's in US

Genetic Savings & Clone (5, Funny)

Otter (3800) | more than 9 years ago | (#11169231)

Whatever you think of the business model, that name freaking rocks.

I mean, it would be stupid in a science fiction story, but to actually operate under that name has to earn some points.

I'm going to enter the equine cloning market (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11169237)

Let's see if CopyCat can keep up with PlagiarAss technology.

Cloning is playing God (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11169242)

With any luck, several justices will be replaced and all cloning in any form will be outlawed. It has no place in this world and this is pet cloning is a perfect example. Even if it isn't outlawed, you will all be judged by Him for your opinions and views. If you support this, even in your mind, you will pay. Mark my words.

Bring out the Christians! (0, Flamebait)

ylikone (589264) | more than 9 years ago | (#11169311)

and their superior sense of "morality".
Grow up.

Re:Bring out the Christians! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11169373)

Bring out the Christians! and their superior sense of "morality".

Your sig: 4 more years!? WTF!?


Hey asshole, doen't speak of superior sense of X, when you have superior sense Y in your sig. Fucking hypocrit.

Re:Cloning is playing God (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11169358)

Why does it not have a place in this world? Cause the "bible" told you so? It shouldn't be outlawed just because the christans think it's "playing god" alot of people don't believe in god(like myself...)

Unethical (1)

KrancHammer (416371) | more than 9 years ago | (#11169250)

And I am not talking about the cloning. Its a friggin' crime to spend all that money on a cat when there are hundreds of thousands of strays out there. Go to the shelter and pay $60 for an unwanted cat that comes neutered and with all its shots.

Re:Unethical (1)

rjstanford (69735) | more than 9 years ago | (#11169285)

Its a friggin' crime to spend all that money on a cat when there are hundreds of thousands of strays out there.

Cool. And buy a $500 car while you're at it - oh, and no new computer equipment for at least five years. Et cetera. In this culture, most money is spent on things that many other people consider "wasteful," no matter who's spending it.

Re:Unethical (2, Insightful)

KrancHammer (416371) | more than 9 years ago | (#11169321)

I wasn't talking about the wasteful spending. That's none of my business. I am talking about bringing another cat with so much fuss and expense into the world when there are so many unwanted pets in shelters. That's wasteful and a damn shame.

I was thinking the same thing (1)

CrazyJim1 (809850) | more than 9 years ago | (#11169292)

Why pay $50,000 for one cat when she could have had ten thousand.

Mortality (3, Insightful)

plover (150551) | more than 9 years ago | (#11169252)

It's weird that people have become so "undisciplined" that they can't accept death at the end of life. It lives, it breathes, it loves, but eventually it dies. All pets do, all people do. Does it hurt? Of course it does, I've cried so hard at the loss of a pet that I thought I'd never want another out of fear of the pain of the loss in the future. But it hasn't stopped me from getting other pets.

Anyway, this is still a clone -- it's a different "instance" of the original animal (even if it's made via a copy constructor.) It won't have "genetic memory" of its new owner, it will be a completely different pet. Why spend $50,000? Why not spend $100 at the pound, or a few hundred from a quality breeder, or even a "FREE KITTYS" from a farm?

I see this as only catering to the clinically insane. The rich, clinically insane, but insane nonetheless. Oh, well, I suppose if there's cash to be made, why not make it? ...

Godsend? (1)

ylikone (589264) | more than 9 years ago | (#11169261)

Did they learn NOTHING from the movie Godsend [amazon.com] ?

See B. Bilger's The Last Meow (1)

Furd (178066) | more than 9 years ago | (#11169265)

While there's lots of gasping about the price tag, there's no question that there are customers out there. See Burkhart Bilger's The Last Meow [envirolink.org] -- and no, it's not a joke article!

"We're looking at spending a thousand dollars in the next twenty-four hours and between three and four thousand in the next week," Langston told Levering. If the dialysis was successful, Lady would have to be transferred to the University of Pennsylvania, where her condition was first diagnosed. (The university's veterinary hospital didn't yet have a dialysis unit, but its vets were more experienced in performing transplants, and Lady was a high-risk patient.) The total cost would be more than fifteen thousand dollars.

Levering sighed and shook his head. Lady was already anemic, asthmatic, and congenitally blind. She had been born on the streets of Wilmington four years earlier, and dropped at a local animal clinic at the age of six months. Soon after Levering and his wife adopted her, she became allergic to her own tooth enamel. "That was a weird thing," Levering said. "Never heard of that before." But he had willingly paid four hundred dollars to have all her teeth pulled. In retrospect, it seemed like a bargain.

"I don't know. If it was up to me, I might not go through with it," he said. He was recovering from a bout of Lyme disease and from carpal tunnel syndrome, and he had recently had sinus surgery. His wife had been laid up for three years with back injuries, and was only now going back to work. If they were willing to go this far for a cat, it was partly out of a sense of shared misfortune. But mostly it was a matter of love. "My wife is totally wiped out about this," he said.

Why not go to the Humaune Society? (1)

jzarling (600712) | more than 9 years ago | (#11169268)

Cloning techology needs to be developed, but just because something can be dones doesnt mean it should be.

The Humane Society has thousands of animals that need homes. A more rewarding form of Karma would come from rescuing a pet from the Humane Society and then donating the 50,000 Dollars to the HS to care for the unwanted animals.

People like that lady who paid 50k for a cat have more money than sense, and her moral compass needs adjusting.

Obligatory Animal Rescue Link (1)

SethJohnson (112166) | more than 9 years ago | (#11169270)



There are millions of already-born animals that are dieing to be adopted. Literally. I wish some of this research money would be spent on population control of pets (i.e. free spaying and neutering) so we wouldn't have to put so many unwanted pets to death.

Here's where you can find pet adoption [creatures.com] info for the state of Texas. Google for your own region [google.com] .

Re:Obligatory Animal Rescue Link (1)

crgrace (220738) | more than 9 years ago | (#11169374)

If you look at the website, you will see that they pay spay/neuter clinics (like humane societies) for the eggs. That money is used to provide more spay and neuter services. So, the money IS spent on population control. It's also working toward commoditizing the process, which could mean great things for species near extinction.

I'm sorry, but... (1)

kjones692 (805101) | more than 9 years ago | (#11169272)

I have a lot of trouble trusting a company with a name that's a terrible pun. "Savings and Clone"? Ow.

disappointing kitty (1)

Lotharjade (750874) | more than 9 years ago | (#11169299)

I wonder what will happen when they clone someones pet (a cat maybe?), and although their cat looks the same, it has a completely different personality. A personality in fact that the owner doesn't like.

Even more so, how will that affect sales?

What about pure-bred animals and Dog/Cat Shows??? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11169301)

So I wonder how this will effect Dog/Cat shows. What happens when winners start cloning their animals and when every year. Will we start to see rules in competions like this saying that clones may not compete.

And continue the thought, what happens then when we start cloning ourselves and we have 6 Micheal Jordons playing against 6 Larry Birds? Doesn't each clone have the right as an individual to play if they want? Should rules about clones apply or not?

Success rate? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11169307)

I wonder what the success rate is for creating the clones. As I recall with the sheep and cow cloning, it took many tries to get a clone that survived. Anything less than 100% sounds like a very cruel thing to do to a pet you loved.

Gender issues? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11169314)

I was not clear from the article if the cat was a female or not - but if it is then the owner might be a bit dissapointed. Due to the presense of two X chromosomes, females express a mixture of phenotypes. Only one X will be active in a given cell, but it varies from cell to cell. So while female clones or twins share a genotype, they will not appear identicle do to variations in phenotype expression. You may have noticed that identical twin sisters are typically not as identicle as twin brothers.

Canada AM (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11169326)

This morning on Canada AM (a news show), the news anchor reported that the lady paid $50,000 to get this kitten cloned from the DNA of her previous cat, then added "Imagine how much therapy you could buy for $50,000".

The weatherman then piped up... "How do you even know it's cloned... Hey, looks like we need a black & white cat... OK Here you go."

How does this effect Blogger's stock? (-1, Offtopic)

toupsie (88295) | more than 9 years ago | (#11169353)

Rumor is on Wall Street is that Blogger went from a hold to a buy on this news.

THIS IS NOT AUTHENTIC CLONING! (1)

Tibor the Hun (143056) | more than 9 years ago | (#11169401)

At least not according to a documentary [imdb.com] I once saw.
I believe the proper way to get your dead pet back is to burry them in an Indian cemetary.

But how long will it live? (5, Interesting)

TrevorB (57780) | more than 9 years ago | (#11169402)

OK, cloned cat, nice, but how long will it live?

People who read about cloning don't realize that the cloned cells have shortened telomeres [wikipedia.org] . The Telomere acts as a cap to protect DNA as its copied. As cells reproduce, the telomere gets shorter and shorter until the DNA isn't protected anymore and you start seeing aging diseases.

Sure, this cat looks like a kitten, but at a cellular level, it's still an aged cat. It may not have much longer to live than its twin did if it lived out the rest of its natural life.

This is exactly what happened to Dolly the sheep [wellesley.edu] . Dolly lived to be 6, about half the age of an average sheep. [thelabrat.com]

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