Couple Pays $150,000 for First Single-Birth Dog Clone in the US

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I understand people really close to dogs. I am. I love Jones like if he was my own son. Seriously. But paying $150,000 to clone a dog after he dies, like this couple from Miami?

Absolutely not.

After all, cloned animals or people are not the real thing, no matter how much they look like the source material. Nothing can't replace the original. But even if they were able to clone them complete with memory and personality, aren't there enough amazing dogs in the world to adopt?

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Edgar and Nina Otto-who have nine other dogs, 10 cats, six sheep and four parrots in West Boca (no kidding)-thought otherwise. That's why they paid that much cash to clone Lancelot-their beloved Labrador-who died from cancer. A company called BioArts International-partnering with South Korean researcher Dr Hwang Woo-suk-created Lancelot Encore, which is the actual name of Lancelot 2.0. Or better said, Lancelot 1.0 Remastered.

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Woo-suk took the genetic material from the original Lancelot-which was extracted when the couple learnt he had cancer-and replaced the genetic material of an egg from a Korean breed similar to the Labrador. After implanting it into a surrogate mother, the cloned Lancelot was born. After that, he was shipped to Miami International, where he became the first single-birth commercial dog clone ever in the United States, according to his parents.

According to Edgard and Nina, he's exactly like the real thing, and has established himself as the alpha male among the other pets the moment he came into the house. To be honest, if I was another dog I would be freaked out to find alive the dog I thought was dead. [Daily Mail

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I'm ok with this overall, if this is how people want to deal with grief then so be it.

Anyone familiar with genetics would have to tell them it's not going to be the same dog though, there's the memory type stuff, but even on the biological level he's not the same. As time goes on, scientists are finding that more info is transmitted from the mitochondrial functioning of the mother's egg as well. What exactly that translates to I don't think we know yet, but still.

On top of that, I have to agree with Jesus in saying that there are millions of wonderful dogs out there waiting to be adopted, and that's where ANYONE should go to get a new pup!