Now cloning has reached the pet world, with several stories of pet dogs being cloned appearing in the news. In January, there was news of the clone of Lancelot the Lab followed by the clone of Jasmine the Pekingese in March.
Dolly was euthanized in February of 2003 at six years of age. It is interesting to note that Dolly's genetic material came from a sheep that was also six years old. This has caused some people to question Dolly's "real" age at the time of cloning. Will this theory affect the lifespan of cloned pets?
How "real" are these cloned pets, compared to the genetic material they originate from? It is hard to say now, while these dogs are puppies. A New York Times article on cloned dogs offers some opinions from family members who own two cloned adult dogs. Read: Beloved Pets Everlasting?
I have had many, many pets in my life; several of them so one-of-a-kind that I will deeply miss them forever. That said, I will not be in line for a cloned pet. Not now or ever. Too many more one-of-a-kind animals awaiting homes in shelters and rescues.
What do you think? Prices are high now at $150,000 a pet, but if money was not a problem, would you clone your pet?
Photo: Two Dogs Drinking Water - Steven Fernandez on Flickr