In a recent interview with Variety magazine, renowned American film actress and singer Barbra Streisand announced the cloning of her beloved Coton de Tulear, Samantha, who died last year. As a result of the procedure, twin puppies Miss Scarlett and Miss Violet were born. The starting material for cloning were cells from the mouth and stomach, extracted from Samantha during her lifetime.
B. Streisand's example is certainly contagious, but is it worth following? Here are just a few factors to consider if you do decide to clone your pet.
First, it's not cheap. The movie star does not name the company she entrusted the cloning to, but all known options are quite expensive. So, in the South Korean laboratory of Sooam Biotech, this procedure will cost $ 100, 000, and the American company ViaGen Pets will do the same for half the amount.
Secondly, there is no guarantee of a successful outcome. Alas, even such high financial costs do not guarantee 100% success. According to the Sooam Biotech Research Foundation, cloned dogs have a lifespan of only a third of normal dogs. They are often used as test animals.
And finally, thirdly, a cloned dog will not be an exact copy of its "parent". As you know, even twin twins are different from each other. For example, animal cloning company My Friend Again announced on its website: "If a new clone grows in the same environment as the 'original', it will look like it." So, similar, but no more.
If even after all that has been said, the desire to clone your pet remains, then you should prepare for this in advance: a tissue sample for cloning - an eight-millimeter piece of skin from the abdomen - is best taken from a still living dog. There are more problems with a dead dog. Her body must be wrapped in a damp towel, and then placed in the refrigerator until the veterinarian arrives.
And the last thing. Annually in the USA alone in special shelters up to 1.5 million stray animals are euthanized. So wouldn't it be better to take a dog there, albeit not a purebred one, but a real one?