Laboratory that offers to clone pets for $50,000 dollars, guarantees to deliver 100% genetic twins


The embryo is implanted in a surrogate animal, cat or dog, who will give birth to the living being to be delivered to the new owner after being weaned from the mother.

The embryo is implanted in a surrogate animal, cat or dog, who will give birth to the living being to be delivered to the new owner after being weaned from the mother.

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A American company that clones dogs and cats has a 鈥渓ong waiting list鈥 after interest skyrocketed during the Covid pandemic.

ViaGen has been extremely successful at cloning cats and dogs since 2015, said Lauren Aston, who is part of the company鈥檚 marketing department.

鈥淵our vet does a skin biopsy, which is a non-invasive procedure like removing a mole, and sends the sample to our lab in Cedar Park, Texas, where we grow the cell and freeze it,鈥 Aston told The Sun. .

The best time to get the DNA sample is during a routine procedure like a spay, neuter or dental cleaning, he said, but the process can be done within five days of the pet鈥檚 death.

The frozen DNA sample is stored in the ViaGen Pets cryo-storage facility for processing and preservation.

When the owner is ready to clone the pet, ViaGen鈥檚 technician replaces the nucleus of a donated egg with one of the founder鈥檚 frozen cells and uses the proprietary treatment to produce an embryo, he said.

The embryo is implanted in a surrogate animal, cat or dog, who will give birth to the living being to be delivered to the new owner after being weaned from the mother.

鈥淵ou will get a 100 percent genetic twin鈥Aston said.

But external factors, such as diet, how many pets are in the home, children, etc., can change the personality of the pet.

鈥淭here is so much in personality. It鈥檚 nature and nurture,鈥 Aston said. 鈥淧arents have several children, and the second and third children are different from the first. It鈥檚 no different with pets.鈥

Kelly Anderson, who cloned her cat, said in a previous interview that Chai and her cloned cat Belle are 鈥渃ompletely different.鈥

鈥淭hey have some basic personalities that are a bit similar. As if they were very bold cats, but that could be the breed,鈥 Anderson said. 鈥淏ut Belle is a whole new cat.鈥

Pet cloning is relatively new and highly controversial.

Opponents who argue against cloning say adopting a pet from a shelter is preferable. Other opponents compare cloning to a high-tech puppy mill.

There is no regulated number of times a substitute can be used, but Aston said ViaGen internally limits the number of times a substitute can be used to two.

鈥淭his is a very specialized market. This is not going to be for the masses for both ethical and financial reasons,鈥 Aston said.

鈥淲hat is different is that each dog, cat and horse were specifically requested. Each client has a reason and a unique story鈥.

Animal cloning technology has advanced since Dolly the sheep was cloned in 1996.

As the technology improves, prices will eventually come down, Aston said.

鈥淚 would say that the future is cloning for conservation efforts,鈥 he said.

ViaGen is working with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Revive & Restore to successfully clone a black-footed ferret, an endangered species of which only about 300 remain in the wild.

The leader in animal cloning is also working with the San Diego Zoo to clone Przewalski鈥檚 horse, an endangered species of which about 1,900 remain in the wild and in captivity. 鈥淭hat鈥檚 where we鈥檒l see our exciting new ventures,鈥 Aston said. 鈥淶oos have frozen genetics. They were progressive in that sense. But now the technology exists to clone and save a species.鈥

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