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Sandra Porter

Pet cloning is back!

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Pets are funny things.

Some owners find their pets to be closer than some human friends, other owners never really bond with their pets at all. BioArts, a California biotech company, founded by ex-CEO of the now defunct Genetic Savings & Clone, is counting on the strength of those human-dog emotional bonds .

I've had several pets during the course of my life; dogs, cats, fish, scorpions, spiders, frogs, turtles, gerbils, and a hermit crab. Some pets were really easy to train and live with and some - well, let's just say some were more challenging.

So, I understand the appeal of cloning a beloved pet and avoiding some of the unpredictable personality traits that come with a new animal. I'm sure prospective clone owners are hoping that the cloned pet will have the best and most lovable characteristics of the original. Still, at a starting bid of $100,000 in the on-line auction, I'd take the chance on training a new puppy.

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