Re: BIOTECH: First Cloned Cat

From: Damien Broderick (
Date: Fri Feb 15 2002 - 22:43:22 MST

Quick as a flash, some guy was whining about this. I replied thus:

>Another ethical minefield opens: the cloning of pets.

Are you sure you don't mean the *owning* of pets?

If not, what on earth are you getting agitated about? Is there an `ethical
minefield' about *breeding* cats? Buying a Persian rather than a
tortoiseshell? Having a cat rather than a dog? Will the new pussy be placed
under intolerable psychological stress, lest it not measure up to the
accomplishments of its dead sibling? Will difficulties arise over
inheritance? I'm getting very tired of the implication that `clone' is a
synonym for `demon seed of Frankenscience'.

Damien Broderick

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