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    Lancelot Encore, a 10 week old 17 pound yellow Labrador photographed at the home of Nina and Edga Otto Photo: EPA



    Six years ago, the Otto family from Boca Raton was so heartbroken at the death of their golden Labrador, Sir Lancelot, in 2008 that they had his DNA frozen.
    "The only sad thing about dogs is that they have such a short life, wouldn't it be wonderful if you could live your life with the same dog," Nina Otto, the owner, observed to MSNBC.
    Now, it turns out that she can - sort of.
    Bereft with life without their pet, the family decided to bid on a biotech firm's dog-cloning auction in July.
    On Monday, the family picked up a clone of Lancelot, called Lancelot Encore, at the Miami International Airport, where the three-month-old puppy stepped of a plane from South Korea, courtesy of Bioarts International.
    Young Lancy did not come cheap: Mrs Otto sold a few pieces of expensive jewellery to raise the $155,000 price tag on the exact genetic replica of Sir Lancelot Snr.
    The new arrival in the Otto house will not be lonely: he joins nine other dogs, four birds, ten cats, and six sheep.

    Florida family pays $155,000 for clone of dead dog - Telegraph

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    I saw this on CNN. Normally, I would say they were idiots (still kinda think they are). Cloning does not guarantee the same dog. But, the people have 9 other dogs and have donated over the $115,000 to the Humane Society.

    Still, I think they're a bit out there.

    Cute pup, though.

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    Meanwhile back in South Korea, someone is patting themselves on the back for sending over some random yellow lab puppy they picked up at the pound and pocketing a cool $155K.

    Good gravy, why not just rescue a dog in need of a home and not bioengineer one.

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    ^^I was thinking the same thing!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laurent View Post
    Meanwhile back in South Korea, someone is patting themselves on the back for sending over some random yellow lab puppy they picked up at the pound and pocketing a cool $155K.

    Good gravy, why not just rescue a dog in need of a home and not bioengineer one.
    i was thinking the same

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    It's a yellow lab - they all look basically the same and are relatively friendly.

    They could adopt a pet and donate that money to the ASPCA or something.
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    As much as I adore my Pug, I would not have her cloned. I would adopt another rescue Pug!

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    Cloning may create an exact physical replica of a much loved pet (or person) but I don't believe it can replicate a unique personality. My dogs aren't twins by birth but to look at them they are identical. They wear different coloured collars so I can tell at a glance which is which. But they have totally different personalities and I don't think genetics has anything to do with that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Laurent View Post
    Meanwhile back in South Korea, someone is patting themselves on the back for sending over some random yellow lab puppy they picked up at the pound and pocketing a cool $155K.

    Good gravy, why not just rescue a dog in need of a home and not bioengineer one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by A*O View Post
    Cloning may create an exact physical replica of a much loved pet (or person) but I don't believe it can replicate a unique personality. My dogs aren't twins by birth but to look at them they are identical. They wear different coloured collars so I can tell at a glance which is which. But they have totally different personalities and I don't think genetics has anything to do with that.
    They've been doing this with horses for a while now. Interestingly, while the clone is an exact match genetically, it doesn't necessarily even look like the original...can be different color, etc.

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    I thought cloned animals have a much shorter lifespan and develop all sorts of medical problems?
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    Figures they're from Boca. Twats.
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    That's so creepy! I wouldn't want a clone of my dog, as much as I love him. Good thing he's gonna live forever

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