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Gina

That is a lot of money to spend on a cat that doesn't look much like my cat.

Denny

The last two sentences say it all.

Laura

I believe I've said this before: a pet or a person's personality is not made in the DNA. It's created through their experiences.

And like you said, Jan, why clone when there are so many great pets waiting for a family in animal shelters?

I was Trailer Trash when Trailer Trash wasn't Cool

Agree with Denny -- why clone when so many already need loving homes? Makes no sense.

jackie

im with you..too many cats already born that need homes..why make new ones...let me know when they start cloning people..i would like to see if my kids would come out any different if i raised them now...ha

Tracey

So true...there are a lot of animals in need already. Do we really need to go and start custom building new animals?

Kelleigh

Thanks for that thought provoking article. I hadn't thought much about the issue of 'pet cloning' before. As Laura noted a pet or a person's personality is not made in the DNA. It's created through their experiences. What a terrible waste of money!

Jaydee

The major pet cloning operation--Genetic Savings and Clone--has shut its doors. BUT the scientists that did its reported cloning now work for ViaGen one of the two companies cloning farm animals. I think that Genetic Savings and Clone was an effort to make money to support other cloning operations of ViaGen, an Exeter Life Sciences company and Geron, the California company that is trying to clone human embryos. They have not been able to make enough money from animal cloning or to suceed at cloning human embryos. So I think they saw Genetic Savings and Clone as a cash cow (or maybe in this case a cash cat!)

Remember too that these cat cloners usually rely on private contracts, not academic papers. I have not seen any published study showing that they did actually clone the cats. Ian Wilmut, who cloned Dolly, was careful to publish all the data so the world would see that he had in fact cloned Dolly.

Jaydee Hanson, Policy Analyst, Center for Food Safety-Washington DC

Therese

I agree, Jan! There are way too many loving cats (and other animals) in the shelters. Spending thousands of dollars to have a pet cloned when there are so many others to pick from...seems like a no brainer to me!

Chandira

Trust cats not to clone identically, lol

Yeah, Pound Kitties are the best. How can you ever walk past the Petco cages and not long to rescue all of them at once? I plan to liberate about 30 of them at once when Shara goes. ;-)

Coll

The concept of cloning rather leaves me cold. I tend to believe that the body may be copied.. but not the soul.

Anvilcloud

It's nature AND nurture after all, eh?

sarala

Here, here. Don't clone the cat, go to a shelter. After all I love both my cats but they are both fixed. This means their genes will not even be passed on the old fashioned way.

Shaun

I love science, but we don't always need to mass produce it. Cloning is just a fancy (and costly) way of breeding. The concept of rescuing an animal should still prevail.

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