Would You Clone Your Favorite Pet?

Sheri Reed

I recall watching the story about a man who cloned his favorite bull named Chance on Episode 1, Act 1 on the TV version of This American Life awhile back. Let's just say the story was pretty heartbreaking. I mean, even if the DNA is the same, it's not the same pet, right? Or is it?

There's a recent article on pet cloning in the NYT. Lou Hawthorne has two border collie-husky mix dogs Mira and MissyToo, whose embryos were created from the DNA of the his original dog friend Missy, who died in 2002. Luckily, Hawthorne is very happy with his decision to clone his pet. The similarities are enough to make him satisfied with his decision to clone his family dog.

+++ What do you think? Would you ever clone your favorite pet?

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