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Thursday, December 23, 2004
  Cloning Cats
From the AP:
The first cloned-to-order pet sold in the United States is named Little Nicky, a 9-week-old kitten delivered to a Texas woman saddened by the loss of a cat she had owned for 17 years.

The kitten cost its owner $50,000 and was created from DNA from her beloved cat, named Nicky, who died last year.

"He is identical. His personality is the same," the owner, Julie, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. Although she agreed to be photographed with her cat, she asked that her last name and hometown not be disclosed because she said she fears being targeted by groups opposed to cloning.
I don't know if the cloned animal would be just like the original, but we'll let the market decide. If it were possible (since I am skeptical about the degree of volition a cat possesses), I think this is a wonderful thing; my wife's favorite cat is about 10, and she will be going soon. I'd love to be able to replace her for my wife, for sentimental reasons.

Of course, the usual suspects are in an uproar:
"It's morally problematic and a little reprehensible," said David Magnus, co-director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics at Stanford University. "For $50,000, she could have provided homes for a lot of strays."

Animals rights activists complain that new feline production systems aren't needed because thousands of stray cats are euthanized each year for want of homes.
 
 POSTED BY THE GENERAL AT 7:21 AM


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