facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Cloned cat turns out to be a live ringer

Dec. 23, 2004 at 12:58 PM   |   Comments

DALLAS, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- The first commercially cloned housecat appears and behaves exactly as its late cell donor, the Dallas Morning News reported Thursday.

For $50,000, a Dallas-area woman identified only as Julie received her copy-cat kitten Dec. 10 from Genetic Savings & Clone of California.

The company took a tissue sample from Julie's late 17-year-old beloved Maine Coon cat named Nicky, and "produced" a clone over about a 6-month period.

"I see absolutely no differences between Little Nicky and Nicky," Julie said. "When Little Nicky yawned, I even saw two spots inside his mouth, just like Nicky had."

This year, Genetic Savings & Clone launched its "Nine Lives Extravaganza," offering clients the chance to clone their cats. Five feline lovers signed up this year, company spokesman Ben Carlson said, adding the other four are in various stages of "production."

However, Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States, was critical of the process, saying cloned animals often have physical abnormalities and aren't likely to live as long.

© 2004 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
10 metal balls removed from Malaysian man's penis 10 metal balls removed from Malaysian man's penis
2
Defectors: Kim Jong Un addicted to Swiss cheese Defectors: Kim Jong Un addicted to Swiss cheese
3
Gamers put heads in giant breasts at Tokyo Game Show Gamers put heads in giant breasts at Tokyo Game Show
4
Researchers claim evidence of Russian Bigfoot Researchers claim evidence of Russian Bigfoot
5
Public use of mayo shampoo lands man in jail Public use of mayo shampoo lands man in jail
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback