Pet cloning company, Genetic Savings and Clone, offers gift certificates for their gene banking service.
The $US990 gift certificate entitles the recipient to have the DNA of their cat or dog frozen and stored in GSC's PetBank, ready for cloning at some later point. Note that, at this stage, GSC are only cloning cats. They hope to be cloning dogs by 2005. Apparently dogs are more difficult to clone . Also, the actual cloning will cost significantly more than $990 (currently price tag is $US50,000).
GSC have successfully cloned three cats - CC, Tabouli and Baba Ganoush. Tabouli and Baba are both clones of Tahini, the cat who lives with the GSC CEO's family.
This is CC, the world's first cloned cat
Here are Tabouli and Baba Ganoush, the second and third cloned kitties.
I was lucky enough to meet the Tabouli and Baba at the New York Cat Show last weekend. This was the kittens' first public appearance. They are totally adorable, so adorable that they deserve a separate blog entry! Stay tuned.