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Clone your beloved Snookums for a mere $150k

Cloning is a subject of much debate here in the United States, therefore, we don’t hear of the cloning of animals by American scientists much. However, the process of cloning animals is done in other countries.

A Korean company called RNL Bio is working with the scientists who cloned the first canine named Snuppy.  The company is offering to clone deceased pets for the tidy sum of $150,000. A company spokeswoman says that the first customer, Bernann McKunney from California, has already signed up to have her dead pit bull cloned.

McKunney says she is particularly attached to the dead animal because it saved her life during an attack by another animal. RNL Bio says that ear tissue from the dog was preserved at a U.S. biotech lab before the animal’s death and that there is about a 25% chance of being able to clone a new animal from this tissue.

The actual cloning of the animal will be done by Seoul National University and led by veterinary professor Dr. Lee Byeong-chun.

Lee worked with the disgraced Hwang Woo-suk who was found to have falsified his research. Lee was in court many times alongside Hwang for allegations of misappropriating funds and was suspended for three months during the stem cell scandal.

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I would!
By sgtdisturbed47 on 2/15/2008 5:07:10 PM , Rating: 2
Seriously, I want to pay $150k for a 500 dollar cat...

RE: I would!
By Xerio on 2/15/2008 5:34:00 PM , Rating: 2
You have a $500 cat?!?!?

RE: I would!
By docbill on 2/15/2008 6:06:31 PM , Rating: 2
Any cat you get fixed and declawed is a $500 cat. However, I bet the cloning doesn't cover fixing and declawing.

RE: I would!
By HrilL on 2/15/2008 9:33:57 PM , Rating: 4
What kind of sick person are you to declaw your cat. I have 2 cats with claws and I'm sure they are a lot happier then yours. yours can't even clime a damn tree...

RE: I would!
By JoshuaBuss on 2/16/2008 1:07:35 AM , Rating: 1
that doesn't matter much when they just lay around the house all day anyway :)

besides, my cat isn't very happy she has claws if she uses them on the couch ;)

RE: I would!
By StevoLincolnite on 2/16/2008 12:49:29 PM , Rating: 2
I got my cat De-sexed for nothing, but I couldn't ever bring myself to "De-clawing" it - It's both an Inside and Outside cat, But it has never "Clawed" the furniture, Placing thick clear plastic over the furniture where the cat claws, deters them, eventually they won't do it all, thus removing the plastic later on and all is good, It also didn't cost me anything!

RE: I would!
By dever on 2/16/08, Rating: 0
RE: I would!
By SilthDraeth on 2/16/2008 6:07:33 PM , Rating: 2
WoW, so many things "Can" kill your unborn child, and you read on the internet, or heard some internet story where it did happen, and all of a sudden you think that it is a common thing...


RE: I would!
By murphyslabrat on 2/18/2008 2:24:23 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, you're pretty safe if you live outside of California.

RE: I would!
By StevoLincolnite on 2/16/2008 6:43:28 PM , Rating: 4
Don't jump to conclusions it was done by a vet, My cat had a Grass seed stuck in it's eye which had to be removed, and thus the vet de-sexed my cat for nothing, while he was at it.
So instead of calling me a "Sicko and grab a rubber mallet" hows about you keep such things to yourself? The only person looking like a fool is you.

RE: I would!
By wordsworm on 2/17/2008 7:18:02 AM , Rating: 2
The trick to this is teaching your kids not to eat cat poop.

RE: I would!
By DerwenArtos12 on 2/17/2008 10:28:26 AM , Rating: 4
no, he said his unborn child, apparently the wife needs to learn not to eat cat poop.

RE: I would!
By Zirconium on 2/17/2008 11:20:33 AM , Rating: 2
He and his wife must have so much in common.

RE: I would!
By StevoLincolnite on 2/17/2008 11:33:20 AM , Rating: 2
Apparently even the smell is toxic to un-born children, But then again so is everything else like peanuts.

RE: I would!
By wordsworm on 2/17/2008 8:58:24 PM , Rating: 2
Ironically, cats are vital to keeping the rodent population down. Rats and mice are far more dangerous to public health than cats. In fact, with this in mind, you could be so bold as to say that cats are a vital part of public health rather than a threat to it.

RE: I would!
By HrilL on 2/21/2008 3:23:42 PM , Rating: 2
My cats are both indoor cats as well but they do have a big tall cat tree thing we made and thus need there claws to climb it. And they did scratch the furniture once or twice when we first got them but cats are smart animals and we told them bad cat and they haven't done it since.

RE: I would!
By KristopherKubicki on 2/16/2008 1:26:58 PM , Rating: 3
Usually it's just the front claws that are declawed -- at least that's how I always understood it. And the cats can climb fine with the back claws.

Still, I wouldn't declaw my cat either.

RE: I would!
By rykerabel on 2/19/2008 10:12:16 AM , Rating: 2
Still, declawing is actually an amputation of the last joint of your cat's "toes".

I'd be really upset if someone removed the last knuckle on all my fingers and toes.

Here is a pro-declawing web page,
and as you read for yourself... "the last digit falls away from the paw using a scalpel (called disarticulation method)."

no matter how sweetly you put it, or how painless it is, its still cutting off the last freaking joint of there toes.

RE: I would!
By UppityMatt on 2/17/08, Rating: -1
RE: I would!
By JS on 2/17/2008 6:25:21 PM , Rating: 2
Shouldn't that be "can't" and "English"?

RE: I would!
By NinjaJedi on 2/18/2008 1:43:12 PM , Rating: 2
In the US it is considered animal cruelty if you let your declawed cat outside or live with cats that have claws. The cat cannot effectively defend themselves against other cats/animals without them.

I have 2 indoor cats and both are declawed. I'm glad one is because she is a pain and I would have needed stitches many times if she had claws. The other cat was already declawed before I took her in and if it was not for me she would have had to go to the pound and might not be alive today.

RE: I would!
By murphyslabrat on 2/18/2008 2:30:26 PM , Rating: 2
Obviously, you haven't met my friend's cat. He is declawed, but rules a house full of clawwed kitties. Apparently, he has teeth too.

RE: I would!
By NinjaJedi on 2/18/2008 6:37:21 PM , Rating: 2
By "kitties" to do mean kittens? Cause in most cases kittens will submit to an older cat and the older cat will not mean to really inflict harm to get them to submit.

RE: I would!
By harsaphes on 2/17/2008 7:33:25 AM , Rating: 2
I wish my cat was only 500 dollars..she set me back 1600 :)

RE: I would!
By ImSpartacus on 2/15/2008 7:35:15 PM , Rating: 1
Well some people like a certain animal. You do understand that the product is an identical twin of the original animal, not a different animal of the same breed or something like that.

RE: I would!
By mindless1 on 2/16/2008 1:40:37 AM , Rating: 5
Even identical twins may end up looking a bit different and it says nothing of the personality of the animal. IF we as a species decide to allow cloning, ok, but suggesting that those who lost a pet should have this service is a disservice.

Mourn the dead then move on, get a pet from a shelter instead of it being euthanized.

RE: I would!
By Polynikes on 2/16/2008 12:56:18 PM , Rating: 2
Mourn the dead then move on, get a pet from a shelter instead of it being euthanized.

I agree, there are entirely too many animals that are strays or in shelters.

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