I loved my pets dearly. I used to own several dogs but tragic events led to their early deaths.
Would I clone them if I could? Um, probably. The whole subject of creating duplicates of anything, everything is surely fascinating and even more so, since a Biotech, BioArts International, is holding a rather unusual auction: Starting bid at $100,000, the company will clone your dog!
His new company, BioArts, began work last fall to clone Missy, he said, who was three-quarters border collie and one-quarter husky.
Missy died in 2002 at age 15. But Mr. Hawthorne had taken genetic samples from Missy in 1997, and had more taken after she died.
In December, he said, a clone was born, Mira. Two other clones of Missy, Chin-Gu and Sarang, were born in February, he said. Tests by the Veterinary Genetics Laboratory at the University of California, Davis, indicated that the three dogs were clones, not just relatives.
As for the auctions, Mr. Hawthorne said the bidding would start at $100,000. He said that was a starting price, not a minimum, and could drop.
He said that the opening and closing times for the auctions would be staggered, to reach potential customers in different time zones, and that the starting bids for the later auctions would be higher â€œto steer people to participate in the earlier auctions if they can, and avoid a phenomenon of everyone waiting to see how they go.â€
He said that BioArts would not spend the money â€œunless and until we deliver a cloned dog that they sign off on,â€ and that the company would guarantee the resemblance between the customerâ€™s dog and the clone.
This is actually pretty interesting, especially to see who gets to clone their dog and whether or not they will succeed.