Cat-Cloning Company Folds

Lack of business forces Genetic Savings & Clone to close.

Posted: October 13, 2006, 5 a.m. EST

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Lack of business forces cat-cloning company to close.Lack of business has forced a northern California-based biotechnology company that developed and sold cloned cats to close.

Genetic Savings & Clone, Inc., headquartered in Sausalito, Calif., sent letters to its customers in September stating that it will close at the end of 2006 because of small demand for its services.

The company opened in 2000 and launched a pet cloning service four years later. It produced its first cloned cat in November of 2004. However, the company charged $50,000 per animal. The price was later reduced to $32,000.

Since opening, the company was behind the creation of either five or six cloned cats, according to various reports, yet sold only two to paying customers, reportedly.

When contacted by CatChannel.com, Genetic Savings said it was no longer giving interviews.

In a recorded phone message at the company’s headquarters, the company is referring potential customers to ViaGen, an agency that, until now, has focused on bovine and equine cloning.

It is unclear if Genetic Savings has orders to produce any cloned cats before the end of the year, or if it would be able to fulfill them.

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anonymous    anonymous, TX

2/6/2007 2:24:54 PM

The issue of cloning is complicated. However, people must remember that while you can replace the mind and personality, you are living with a robot. The animal's soul is gone, with it any chance of the exact same thing. We, with all our scientific influence, cannot ressurect the dead. And that's that.

Elizabeth    Lincoln, NE

12/26/2006 8:45:08 AM

That was a great artical. . .but I have one question, because I didn't understand it because I'm ten. Is cloning cats wrong?

Tanya    Portsmouth, OH

10/13/2006 3:32:18 PM

I am happy that they are out of business. We have no right to clone animals. There are too many animals in need of homes for us to make copies of the ones we had.

Christina    Westby, WI

10/13/2006 1:26:14 PM

That's a very stupid idea. Who would want a clone of their pet when you already have or had the real one. It doesn't even act the same as your real pet. Trust me about this. One of my friends had it done and she hates the cloned version of her pet.

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