A company in Sausalito, California has developed a new service offering, with which you can clone your cat.
Genetic Savings & Clone, Inc has successfully cloned their first cat in February 2002. They provided their first offering to the public in February 2004. And in December of the same year, they had successfully finished the work for their first client.
Their first client is a woman from Texas, who wants to keep anonymous in case of being targeted by others. She paid about $50,000 for the cloned cat to replace her 17-year-old cat that died in not long before.
The public remain worried about health concerns and ethical issues about clone techniques, but the company claim that their methods have largely dealt with any health. If their clients still remain doubtful, they have already offered a money back guarantee.
So far the cloned little cat is reported to be in good health.
Of course there are misconceptions about clone. For example, many people think a clone is an exact copy with memories, behaviors and all other aspects identical to the original. While many believe clones are ‘made’ to be fully-grown again.
Few of us find ourselves difficult to understand that the clone is an entirely new animal. Actually they were born as an infant and grow at the normal rate. Though it is genetically identical and there may be of strong similarities between the original and the clone, it has been proven that they won’t involve shared memories.
The company said that some breeds are much likely to be similar in these factors, but they are committed to make the similarities much more detailed in their following development.
Even though the clone techniques have benefited many cat owners who lost their beloved cats, I think the new technique goes against the normal development of animals.