Thursday, December 23, 2004

People Who Have Too Much Money (and are a little nuts).

I know there are poeple out there who love their pets and would do just about anything to keep them around forever, but would you pay $50,000 to clone your cat? While I'm not sure how I stand on this issue on a moral ground yet (I think I'm going to go against it), there is a great quote from David Magnus in the article (read below).

SAN FRANCISCO, California (AP) -- The first cloned-to-order pet sold in the United States is named Little Nicky, a 9-week-old kitten delivered to a Texas woman saddened by the loss of a cat she had owned for 17 years.
The kitten cost its owner $50,000 and was created from DNA from her beloved cat, named Nicky, who died last year.
"He is identical. His personality is the same," the owner, Julie, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. Although she agreed to be photographed with her cat, she asked that her last name and hometown not be disclosed because she said she fears being targeted by groups opposed to cloning.

"It's morally problematic and a little reprehensible," said David Magnus, co-director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics at Stanford University. "For $50,000, she could have provided homes for a lot of strays."