1st Birthday for Mira, The Cloned Dog » read source
BioArts International is a new biotech company concentrating on unique, untapped markets in the multibillion dollar livestock, companion animal and human genomics industries. The company is based near San Francisco, with primary scientific labs in Beijing, livestock herds in North China, custom microengineering operations in London, and key scientific partnerships in Seoul, S. Korea, and other areas. All of these components are working together to reinvent the animal reproduction and human genomics industries.
BioArts International has been presented the sole, worldwide license for the cloning of dogs, cats and endangered species. This unique license was allocated by Start Licensing, Inc. and applies to the SCNT cloning patents developed at the Roslin Institute for Dolly the sheep, the first cloned adult mammal.
One year ago today, Lou Hawthorne got a call from a biotech lab from Korea. He was announce that he was now the proud owner of the very first clone of a pet dog, his beloved family dog, Missy. “I was very excited - and when I went to pick her up 3 months later, I was blown away by the similarities between the clone and the original", stated Hawthorne. Mira enjoys going for walks, snuggling with her family on the couch, and playing with other dogs. She also begs for scraps and barks when she shouldn't "We're working on that," noted Hawthorne. He continues “Not only does she bear a striking resemblance to Missy, but her coat feels the same, and she has some of the same quirks that made Missy unique – like her love of broccoli and her tendency to steal my socks.” The only thing that's really different about Mira is what remains the same: Her genetic makeup is an exact copy of Missy’s, as confirmed by the UC Davis Veterinary Genetics Lab.
Hawthorne began the journey to clone Missy in 1997 and launched Genetic Savings and Clone (GSC) in 2000, meant to provide commercial cat and dog cloning to the general public. GSC was unable to clone Missy and closed its doors in 2006, despite cloning many cats and significantly advancing the science of cloning. Hawthorne continued his quest, and in 2007 formed BioArts International, partnering with Sooam Biotech Research Foundation, a premier laboratory in Korea headed by Dr. Woo Suk Hwang, whose team at Seoul National University cloned the world's first dog in 2005.
Following the successful cloning of Missy, BioArts revealed an international dog-cloning auction called Best Friends Again, which sold all 5 available cloning slots in July, raising over $700,000 USD. “The first client clones have now been born; their owners are ecstatic. It’s really a dream come true for dog lovers. Living with a cloned dog is a bit surreal, but it's also great fun. Mira and her younger cloned sisters are celebrities at the dog park”, explained Hawthorne.