Posted by on Thursday, March 1st, 2018 in

When dogs die, their owners often hold onto some kind of memento. Maybe they keep a collar. Or they have ashes turned into jewelry, trees, art or some other keepsake. And eventually, they make new memories with a new pet, perhaps of the same breed as the departed dog.

Barbra Streisand, on the other hand, cloned her dog, a procedure that can run from $25,000 to $100,000 through services such as the Texas-based ViaGen.

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Posted by on Thursday, March 1st, 2018 in

In her career, singer and actress Barbra Streisand has rarely settled for second best. When her beloved dog Samantha died last year—a 14-year-old Coton du Tulear—she followed suit by having her cloned.

In an interview with Variety, Streisand reveals cells taken from Samantha’s mouth and stomach were used to make two clones—named Miss Scarlett and Miss Violet. (Photos of the dogs can be seen on Streisand’s Instagram.)

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Posted by on Wednesday, February 28th, 2018 in
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For an interview with Variety for this week’s cover story, Barbra Streisand had a caption suggestion. She wanted a portrait taken at her Malibu estate with her three dogs to be called “Send in the Clones.”

This wasn’t just a clever turn of phrase. Streisand revealed that two of her dogs, Miss Violet and Miss Scarlett, were cloned from her 14-year-old Coton du Tulear Samantha, who died in 2017. Before Samantha died, Streisand had cells taken from her mouth and stomach

 

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Posted by on Wednesday, February 28th, 2018 in
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The music, the mem’ries, the magic — and the science — are all coming together for Barbra Streisand and her dogs Miss Violet and Miss Scarlett these days. Streisand revealed in a new interview with Variety that she had mouth and stomach cells from her beloved Coton de Tulear dog Samantha preserved for cloning after Samantha passed away in 2017 at the ripe old age of 14. Streisand, clearly, was smitten with her beloved pet — so much so that she decided to try out the scientific approach in bringing her genetically-identical descendants to life. So far so good with Miss Violet and Miss Scarlett, it seems. (Streisand also has a third Coton de Tulear, Miss Fanny, who is a “distant cousin” of Samantha and her cloned descendants.)

 

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Posted by on Tuesday, February 13th, 2018 in

More than 20 years after scientists in Scotland first cloned a sheep named Dolly, pet owners can clone their beloved dogs and cats.

Viagen Pets is a Texas-based company that’s been cloning farm animals for fifteen years, and started cloning pets about two years ago.

“It’s really been amazing. We’re the only company in the world right now that clones cats,” said Melain Rodriguiz, a Viagen spokesperson.

 

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