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California company sells cloned cat, generating ethics debate
AP ^ | 12/22/4 | PAUL ELIAS

Posted on 12/22/2004 3:55:52 PM PST by SmithL

SAN FRANCISCO -- The first cloned-to-order pet sold in the United States is named Little Nicky, an eight-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 cloned from a beloved cat, named Nicky, that died last year. Nicky's owner banked the cat's DNA, which was used to create the clone.

"He is identical. His personality is the same," the woman told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.

The company, Sausalito-based Genetic Savings and Clone, made her available to speak to reporters only on condition that her name or hometown not be used. The woman said she fears being the target of groups opposed to cloning.

"Nicky loved water, which is an unusual characteristic of cats. Little Nicky jumped into my bath," said the woman, who said she is in her early 40s and employed in the airline industry.

The company delivered Little Nicky two weeks ago and was expected to publicly announced the news Thursday.

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cats; clone; cloning
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Julie holds Little Nicky, the first cloned cat sold by the Sausalito-based Genetic Savings and Clone.


Little Nicky was cloned from a deceased cat owned by a Texas woman.

1 posted on 12/22/2004 3:55:52 PM PST by SmithL
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To: SmithL

Ethical issues aside, that is one adorable kitten.


2 posted on 12/22/2004 3:57:19 PM PST by SandyInSeattle (Official RKBA Landscaper and Arborist, Pajama Duchess of Green Leafy Things)
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To: SandyInSeattle

It is adorable. On the other hand I'm sure her local humane society has more than a few just as cute.


3 posted on 12/22/2004 4:01:11 PM PST by AirForceMom (Merry Christmas!)
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To: SandyInSeattle
Ethical issues aside, that is one adorable kitten.

Its fur is poisonous quills, and it can shoot heat rays out of its eyes.

4 posted on 12/22/2004 4:02:43 PM PST by Lazamataz ("Stay well - Stay safe - Stay armed - Yorktown" -- harpseal)
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To: SmithL

Did anyone see that Schwartzenegger movie where they have stores like these at malls called: REPET.


5 posted on 12/22/2004 4:03:36 PM PST by Hildy ( To work is to dance, to live is to worship, to breathe is to love.)
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To: SandyInSeattle
Ethical issues aside, that is one adorable kitten.

Yeah, and the cat she's holding is cute too. :-)

6 posted on 12/22/2004 4:05:07 PM PST by bob808
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To: Lazamataz
Its fur is poisonous quills, and it can shoot heat rays out of its eyes.

Like this?


7 posted on 12/22/2004 4:07:07 PM PST by SandyInSeattle (Official RKBA Landscaper and Arborist, Pajama Duchess of Green Leafy Things)
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To: bob808

LOL! Now, Bob...


8 posted on 12/22/2004 4:07:27 PM PST by SandyInSeattle (Official RKBA Landscaper and Arborist, Pajama Duchess of Green Leafy Things)
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To: SandyInSeattle
Somewhat like that.

Only cloney-er.

9 posted on 12/22/2004 4:10:34 PM PST by Lazamataz ("Stay well - Stay safe - Stay armed - Yorktown" -- harpseal)
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To: AirForceMom

I agree. All of my cats came from the humane society or were strays I picked up. Paying $50,000 for a feline friend is demented.


10 posted on 12/22/2004 4:12:41 PM PST by ross_poldark
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To: Lazamataz
Its fur is poisonous quills, and it can shoot heat rays out of its eyes.

And it knows what you're thinking. Better think only good thoughts or it will preemptively urinate on your bed sheets. Beware the cloned cats.

11 posted on 12/22/2004 4:12:42 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Time to let slip the dogs...)
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To: ross_poldark

Our local shelter is in trouble ( like everything else in NY). She could have adopted a kitten for $50.00 and donated the rest to her SPCA. $50 grand.......I wonder what something as big as a horse might cost?


12 posted on 12/22/2004 4:18:20 PM PST by AirForceMom (Merry Christmas!)
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To: ross_poldark

It is for people with more dollars than sense. Kalifornia, what a surprise.


13 posted on 12/22/2004 4:21:06 PM PST by stm
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To: stm

A fool and his money are soon parted . . .


14 posted on 12/22/2004 4:30:29 PM PST by ross_poldark
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To: bob808
I'm still waiting for delivery of the Kobe Tai clone I ordered.
If a small cat was $50,000 I hate to think what my bill will be.
15 posted on 12/22/2004 4:36:14 PM PST by ASA Vet (Those who know don't talk. Those who talk don't know.)
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To: AirForceMom

I live in the SF Bay area and the shelters around here are hard up, too. With so many cats running around Oakland, I can have my pick, just by giving them some food and water. It gets a cat off the street, frees up space at the SPCA, and I get a pet.


16 posted on 12/22/2004 4:36:28 PM PST by ross_poldark (I have dogs, too!)
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To: ross_poldark

Two of our three cats were strays that found us. We fed them, captured them, took them the vet for shots and spaying, and we're all happy. Why pay $50,000 for a clone when there are so many stray or abandoned little animals that need a home?


17 posted on 12/22/2004 4:39:48 PM PST by .38sw
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To: ross_poldark

For someone with $100,000.00, $50,000.00 might seem like a huge sum...For someone with $100,000,000.00, $50,000.00 is a mere pittance..

It is all a matter of perspective...


18 posted on 12/22/2004 4:40:19 PM PST by dakine
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To: SmithL
Here we goooooo......

It is NOT the cat that died but I suppose some fool will think their lost spouse,child or worker can be cloned and will be the same as the original.

19 posted on 12/22/2004 4:40:50 PM PST by hoosierham
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To: ross_poldark

Good for you! My daughter wanted to get her cat a buddy, so we checked out PetSmart. They had a beautiful grey and black cat that was picked up as a stray. Everyone had told us she didn't want a stray, it would be mean. This cat is nicer than her homegrown and raised cat.


20 posted on 12/22/2004 4:41:46 PM PST by AirForceMom (Merry Christmas!)
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