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How much will it cost for a clone of that sexy girl or guy I dated last night?

An American paid $50,000 to a South Korean company for clones of her dead but beloved pit bull.

According to an Associated Press story by Hyung-jin Kim, five cloned puppies were created by Seoul-based RNL Bio. The company charges up to $150,000 for dog cloning but will receive just $50,000 from Bernann McKinney because she is the first customer and helped with publicity.
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Posted on Wednesday, August 6th, 2008
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Biotech company offers to clone dogs for $100,000+

A Northern California biotech company announced last week that it will clone dogs of the five highest bidders in a series of on-line auctions. Some ethicists condemned the offer, fearing it could lead to human clones.

Opening bids start at $100,000 for the service being offered by Mill Valley-based BioArts International. BioArts chief executive Lou Hawthorne formerly ran Genetic Savings & Clone, which offered to clone pet cats for $50,000 but folded in 2006 because few were willing to pay so much.
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Posted on Thursday, May 29th, 2008
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Cloned meat and dairy products — safe or not safe to eat?

Below are excerpts from two press releases I received on Jan. 15 containing pro and con arguments on the subject of cloned milk and meat.
Please read them and then let me know your own personal thoughts about the subject.

Are cloned meat and milk safe to eat? Or are they not safe for human consumption? Why?

THE COMPETITIVE ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE SAYS THEY’RE SAFE:
The Competitive Enterprise Institute applauds the Food and Drug Administration’s verdict on the safety of food products made from cloned animals. The agency’s long-awaited final risk assessment concluded that milk and meat from cloned animals and their offspring is as safe as foods from animals that have been conventionally bred.

The FDA panel reviewed hundreds of scientific and medical studies, producing an exhaustive 968-page report that found no health or safety risks unique to the cloning process. …

“Since Dolly the sheep became the first successfully cloned animal in 1996, thousands of other healthy sheep, cattle and pigs have been born, but critics still claim the process will create monstrous new hybrids.” said Gregory Conko, Director of Food Safety Policy at CEI. “The scary predictions of anti-technology activists have been shown to be nothing more than science fiction.”

In response to ethical questions regarding the technology, Conko notes that breeders can produce better and safer food by cloning rare animals that produce leaner meat, for example, or that are especially resistant to common livestock diseases.

“The ability to drastically reduce illness among animals and to improve consumer safety arguably makes cloning more, not less humane than traditional breeding,” concluded Conko.

Competitive Enterprise Institute:
CEI is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy group dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government. For more information about CEI, see
http://www.cei.org

FRIENDS OF THE EARTH SAYS THEY’RE NOT SAFE:
Today, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lifted a ban on selling meat and dairy products coming from cloned animals.

Tell grocers you aren’t buying it! Tell them you’ll stop shopping at stores that can’t promise not to sell such products.

The FDA has buckled to big biotech and agro-business despite more than 150,000 public comments opposing the lifting of the ban, and amendments to the federal Farm Bill and Omnibus Appropriations Bill calling for more research before lifting the ban.

Genetically speaking, you meat eaters could eat burgers from the same cow for years.

Don’t eat meat? We still think this issue will interest you, given the risks we take by introducing cloned animals into our food system and ecosystem. … there are no labeling requirements either …

The FDA claims that cloned animals and their offspring are safer for us to eat, yet studies used by the FDA are incomplete.

Cloned animals have a much higher rate of genetic abnormalities than sexually reproduced animals. Most cloned animals die immediately after birth because the intricacies of the cloning process are still not well understood. Dolly, the first cloned sheep, died only six years after her birth of premature arthritis and lung disease.

Friends of the Earth:
Founded in San Francisco in 1969 by David Brower, Friends of the Earth is at the forefront of high-profile efforts to create a more healthy, just world. Mission: to defend the environment and champion a healthy and just world. More about Friends of the Earth at
http://www.foe.org

So what do you think? Thumbs UP or thumbs DOWN on cloned products?

Click on leave a comment” below and adding your thoughts. Thanks. /gary

Posted on Monday, January 21st, 2008
Under: Cloned animals | 5 Comments »

The HSUS vs. the sale of meat and milk from cloned animals

In a press release I received on Dec. 28, The Humane Society of the United States criticized the Food and Drug Administration for "moving closer towards approving the sale of meat and milk from cloned animals and their offspring."

"American consumers are increasingly concerned about the treatment of animals raised and slaughtered for food," said Wayne Pacelle, HSUS president and CEO. "Although numerous studies have shown that animals in cloning research can and do suffer, no mention was made by FDA that the welfare of these animals or their surrogate mothers was given any consideration during the agency’s deliberations."

According to The HSUS press release, the animals involved in cloning research suffer from myriad problems. The society is urging a moratorium on the issue until mandatory rules can be established for food safety, and ethical issues on cloning can be examined.

I couldn’t agree more.

For more details about what happens to the animals used in cloning research, how the public feels about cloning, and other related issues, see http://www.hsus.org/press_and_publications/press_releases/the_humane_society_of_the_25.html

You can also find more interesting information about The HSUS’s important work to end cockfighting, helping live wild animals keep their own fur coats, and lots more at http://www.hsus.org/

Posted on Friday, December 29th, 2006
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