Episode 10: Cloning Your Pet, Stem Cells, and the future of Copy-Cats

Rainbow and her Clone, CC (AP)

Rainbow and her Clone, CC (AP)

We all love our pets- wouldn’t it be great if they could live forever? Cloning seems to offer this- exact duplicates that can be virtually xeroxed over and over as long we want. The reality does not live up the dream, and cloning seems not quite ready for prime time.

Stem cell therapy offers more hope. It is being used now for arthritis, and research in being done on many other disease. Dr. Rumore and John discuss how it is a great new technology, but not a reason to purposefully get fat, even though the adult stems cells are harvested from fatty tissue.

Here’s the links we promised, including Dolly the Sheep and more information and the now defunct Genetic Savings and Clone. Additionally, here are pictures of the first cloned dog, as well as some more information about Rainbow, and her daughter/clone CC. Lastly, we discussed a little about calico cats and how their colors form- here’s some more info about calicos.

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