Would You Clone Your Dog?

Discussion in 'Biology & Genetics' started by Carcano, Feb 1, 2009.

  1. Carcano Valued Senior Member

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    It’s official...the first commercially cloned dog, a 10-week old Labrador pup named Lancey, was delivered by BioArts International on January 26 to Florida residents Edgar and Nina Otto. With a bid of US$155,000, the Ottos were the highest bidder in an auction held last July to be the first to clone their family dog. Lancey’s genetic donor, Sir Lancelot, died in January, 2008, and the Ottos had his DNA stored. Samples of the DNA were sent to the Sooam Biotech Research Foundation in South Korea in October, and Lancey was born on November 18, and flown to the U.S. on January 25.

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  3. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    No, but that doesn't mean that others shouldn't. Just another way to make money , a new business is emerging here.
     
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  5. StrangerInAStrangeLand SubQuantum Mechanic Valued Senior Member

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    IF I could afford it, I'd clone my cat who died 4 years ago at age 19, IF I'd saved her DNA.
     
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  7. Liebling Doesn't Need to be Spoonfed. Valued Senior Member

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    No, I wouldn't.

    Each dog I've raised has taught me something different and is a different kind of companion to me. I wouldn't trade or want to replace those interactions and experiences for anything. Each one of my animals has been spectacularly unique. If you clone a dog, you seemingly want the same traits both physically and mentally, but might be let down in the end. There is no guarantee that any cloned dog would be just like your old one, except in looks.

    Would you clone your good perfect children?
     
  8. StrangerInAStrangeLand SubQuantum Mechanic Valued Senior Member

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    Wayyyy off topic.
    Start another thread for this : Would you clone your good perfect children?
     
  9. Lux Registered Member

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    they weren't actually the highest bidders you know

    they were the second highest bidders in competition for a number of slots, the reason they got theirs first is because they had already had all the screening etc. done by another company which hadn't been able to follow through (apparently original company had much more success with cats)

    so, clearly a demand for this... honestly, it seems pointless to me.
    if you believe your dog has a soul then shouldn't you believe it's passed on to doggie otherworld and the new pup is effectively soulless?... if you don't believe in a soul then why not get a new puppy? most labradors i've met have all been pretty lovely etc.

    i don't think i'd clone my perfect kids, but i might be tempted to clone myself and raise me as my child. that would be sweet.
     
  10. StrangerInAStrangeLand SubQuantum Mechanic Valued Senior Member

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    You wouldn't be raising YOU as your child.
     
  11. Lux Registered Member

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    close enough
     
  12. StrangerInAStrangeLand SubQuantum Mechanic Valued Senior Member

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    Close enough for what???
     
  13. Lux Registered Member

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    i would be a perfect delight to raise. plus i could perfect "myself" Lux#2 would be one sexy bitch
     
  14. Oniw17 ascetic, sage, diogenes, bum? Valued Senior Member

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    You can't clone for certain traits. Cloning is the stagnation of evolution. I don't really see the point. If I wanted a dog similar to a dog that I already had, I would breed the one that I already had.
     
  15. StrangerInAStrangeLand SubQuantum Mechanic Valued Senior Member

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    I'm copying the people cloning to a new thread.
     
  16. mikenostic Stop pretending you're smart! Registered Senior Member

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    Ojectively if that were the case, then evolution shouldn't have allowed humans to gain the intelligence to clone organisms.
    I think there are some really good things to gain from cloning (any organism), and some very, very bad things.
     
  17. Carcano Valued Senior Member

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    Good comments...some people who have died and been brought back to life claim to have seen animal spirits in the afterworld.

    Like this lady:
    http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=ErJg2mlj8qA
     
  18. Orleander OH JOY!!!! Valued Senior Member

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    I wouldn't, but I don't have that kind of disposable income. If they loved that animal as much as I love my kids, I can understand why they would do it.
     
  19. Liebling Doesn't Need to be Spoonfed. Valued Senior Member

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    Why? It's really the same thing.

    My dogs are part of my family. They are respected members of my family. If I didn't have children, they would be my main priority. I don't see why you think it's any different in a dog lovers eyes.

    It's one step away really. Just one small step.

    The only reason someone isn't cloning people is because it hasn't been done successfully yet. Because once it happens, the ethics will be blurred, but it will be done.
     
  20. mikenostic Stop pretending you're smart! Registered Senior Member

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    To be honest, if you're going to use science like that, why not use it to try to extend the lives of dogs?
    I'd many, many times over rather my dog have a lifespan close to mine. That would eliminate the need, unless the dog died young and not from natural causes, to clone them anyway.
    I don't take much solace knowing that I will most likely be alive to see all three of my current dogs pass away, solely because of their short life spans.
     
  21. Liebling Doesn't Need to be Spoonfed. Valued Senior Member

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    Sure, there are two of my dogs I wish I had for a lifetime. Just great companions and good loyal dogs, well behaved and bright. One I have now, and he is three at the moment and I have thought about what things would be like without him. Eventually, it will happen and I will be very sad when it does, because this particular dog is intuitive too, he'll sit on my feet when they are cold, he sits beside me and does leave if I am ill, and he barks once everytime someone comes to the door. He's a great animal. I still would not clone him. Eventually, when he passes I will get another dog and train them the same way in hopes that he will turn out just like my current dog, but I know he won't.

    I wouldn't clone my horses either, even though I have a few that have great temperments and are great riding animals.
     
  22. Betrayer0fHope MY COHERENCE! IT'S GOING AWAYY Registered Senior Member

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    Here's something everyone should know, and has probably been posted already but I don't care enough to read through the 10 or however many posts. Now, this dog won't have the same personality. It will be a different dog. It will look the same. It will be the twin of the old dog. So no, it's not worth it at all. Maybe for really cool looking dogs only?
     
  23. CutsieMarie89 Zen Registered Senior Member

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    cloning your dog is just like getting a new puppy who looks the same isn't it. Unless you bring that actual dog back to life. You'll never be able to replace them.
     

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