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Old 04-09-2014, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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At first I was against this as there are so many dogs who need homes...why clone one? But then I started thinking about livestock cloning and it doesn't seem so bad. I'm sure the contest was for publicity. Think how much good $100,000 would do for sick and homeless dogs and cats.

UK Woman Wins Contest to Clone Wiener Dog - ABC News
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Old 04-09-2014, 01:55 PM
 
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If I had thought about cloning before we lost our lab Angel I would have looked into it.
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Old 04-09-2014, 02:17 PM
 
Location: Stuck in NE GA right now
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I think the process of cloning is a good idea, it could save someone's life some day from the things they learn. I remember decades ago when NASA was growing by leaps and bounds and many of the tools developed then help us today.
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Old 04-10-2014, 12:53 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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Cloning is useful in livestock. It's possible to produce a whole herd of champion producing milk cows instead of half the calves bring valueless bull calves.

I think the ultimate goal, though, is to clone separate body parts. To be able to grow a new heart in a petri dish instead of waiting for someone with a compatible heart to die.
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Old 04-10-2014, 10:27 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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People who clone pets need to realize that due to the way genes are turned on and off the clone is not going to be exactly like the original.

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