Cute Clones

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Cute Clones

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Different ages, but cloned in Korea from the same deceased mother.

They have no father, but three mothers contributed to their birth: Missy for DNA, another for an embryo (and mitochondrial DNA), and a third surrogate mom for implantation and fetal development.

Because of their random estrous cycles, dogs are among the most difficult animals to clone.

MissyToo was full of beans. I first saw her “sister” with Lou in a canoe on Echo Lake.

They dropped by for lunch today, just as a "news" item broke of three human clones living in Eastern Europe.

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30 comments on “Cute Clones

  1. Hi, I’m an admin for a group called ~GMO Free World~sans OGM~Gentechnikfrei~No Quiero Transgenicos~, and we’d love to have this added to the group!

  2. They are near-Missies.

    =) The original Missy was a mixed-breed border collie and Siberian husky.

    Soka: they create a new germ cell, so the age of the cell does not have the same meaning. I think they source germ cells from Missy too, so cell division would not have happened yet. But if not, your question is interesting as telomere snipping would already be underway…

  3. they are gorgeous, interesting story too. what breed(s) are they?

  4. If a cloned cell is different in age, does that mean that the first younger cell once gone into growth is better than the older cell? how does science cope with the cell cycles and cloning? is it better to star from a younger cell or are all cells at all ages the same, from the same individual, DNA?

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    AMagill – yes, the "concept cat" will be a nice hypoallergenic purple. Interestingly, people are not willing to pay as much for a cloned cat as a dog. They are cheaper to make, but the market price difference is greater…

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  7. My ambivalence produces no pain at all: cloning isn’t really necessary when it comes to pet dogs. I’m not sure that it’s the highest and best use of science, but it is an undeniable advancement to scientific knowledge as whole; how does the race of man progress by cloning dogs though? Would population control and improvements in social science not rank ahead of this sort of ‘toy’ effort in improving the lot for all?

    /.. [TWTME pool.]

  8. Selection effects are often not the product of monotonic functions, that is, selecting for one characteristic often brings along other, unanticipated variations (mutations).

    Am painfully ambivalent about cloning of both human & non-human animals.

  9. Jurvetson- Would they increase muscle by deliberately giving the dog a myostatin disorder? (Anybody who doesn’t know what that is, you’ll be amused by this.) By other colors, do you mean other than white, black, brown or yellow? I also wonder how extended lifespan would work, aside from selecting dogs with exceptionally good health.
    Perhaps they could knock out allergen production?
    How long until we can program genetic memory to produce instinctually well-trained dogs? 🙂

  10. Vanita – righteous!

    Jane – 12 and 15 months.

    Rocketeer – Not sure, but we have all kinds of interesting nature/nurture experiments to consider. I would guess that coat variation has some developmental randomness, like human fingerprints, which are different for identical twins. Also, with these dogs, the coat pattern changes a bit with age.

    AMagill – They are considering novel colors, extended lifespan, double muscle, and other features.

    Imagine clone horse racing. All the horses have the same genes. It’s like leveling nature for NASCAR where the cars are the same. Nurture and jockey skills become the art…

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