Posted by on Monday, November 5th, 2018 in

Dorrit Moussaieff, former First Lady of Iceland, has announced the intent to clone her dog Sámur, RÚV reports. While this would normally pass off as a personal decision by a pet owner, the fact that her husband, former President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, chose to share this decision with listeners of the radio programme Morgunkaffið on Rás 2 has opened the subject to public discussion about what cloning means and who it is for.

Ólafur told listeners that Sámur is now eleven years old, and being in these advanced years, Dorrit decided to send a DNA sample to a company in Texas in order to clone him. Kári Stefánsson, the CEO of genetics company deCODE, clarified for RÚV what is entailed in the cloning process.

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Posted by on Tuesday, August 21st, 2018 in

For a long time, the subject of cloning was restricted to science fiction novels. Ever since Dolly the sheep, the first successfully cloned mammal, was born in 1996 clones have been slowly getting closer to our every day life. Now over twenty years later, the animal genetic experts at ViaGen Equine offer cloning even closer to home – in our barns, and in the show ring.

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late duaghters dog clone

As Monnie Must looks back at the photos that adorn her walls of her Sylvan Lake home, the images of her four daughters mean more to her now than ever. It has been nearly 11 years since she lost her oldest daughter Miya to suicide.

“I was terrified when Miya died no one would know anything about her, and she was such a huge personality, she was such a wow person,” Monnie said.

As a master photographer who owns the well-known studio, Naturally Photography, Monnie focused on her work, her family and Miya’s dogs, Henley and Billy. But grief and anxiety took over as she approached the 10 year anniversary of Miya’s death.


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Posted by on Monday, July 16th, 2018 in
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Some of you may recall seeing an article we wrote back in January of 2017 called: Would You Consider Cloning Your Cat?  The topic of cloning has always been fascinating to us (and judging by the article’s response, to many of our readers also).

Cloning is no longer science fiction and its growing popularity continues to attract supporters on both sides of the argument, but our purpose in this post, is not to debate the pro’s and con’s, but rather to share a most remarkable love story of two gorgeous kittens that were recently cloned.

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Posted by on Friday, March 9th, 2018 in

When Peanut died unexpectedly last year at the age of 10, Denise Westervelt was devastated by the loss of her chihuahua. So she had him cloned.

“He was like my soulmate,” Westervelt said. “I had such a bond with him. If he could have lived forever, it would have been great. I couldn’t bear to get another dog.”

Pets have become part of the family. Americans spent $69.4 billion on their pets last year, according to the American Pet Products Association. A recent survey from Harris Poll on behalf of SunTrust Mortgage said that one-third of millennials were buying homes because they had dogs, more than the number doing so as a result of marriage of having children.

Couple that with replicating technology, and there’s more demand from pet owners for the cloning of their beloved dogs and cats.

Westervelt turned to Viagen Pets, a division of Trans Ova Genetics, to bring a little bit of Peanut back into her home. For $50,000, plus the costs of genetic material collection and storage fees, Westervelt is now the dog parent of two genetically identical versions of her original chihuahua.

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