Got a Dead Dog? Clone It!

When it came to her dog, death didn't stop Bernann McKinney. When Bernann McKinney's pit bull Booger - who saved her life when she was attacked by another dog - died two years ago, the California woman decided to clone the dog:

Her quest to have Booger live on in puppy clones raised eyebrows and also raised the ire of ethics activists. But McKinney doesn’t see what the fuss is about. “Actually, the cloning process isn’t much different than in vitro fertilization,” she says. “Basically, DNA is taken out and the DNA is inserted into a surrogate mother dog, who then has the babies very normally.”

The five little canine clones cost McKinney dearly — she sold her home to pay the $50,000 fee for the process. And that was actually a bargain-basement rate: RNL offered McKinney a discount from the $150,000 it planned to charge for the service, believing her case will be a boon for business. The firm expects to clone up to 100 dogs in the next year.


(Photo: Jin Han Hong / AP)

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I don't think it's the science that is lost on this woman. I think it's the humanity that's lost on this woman.
She's been accused of plotting crimes with and corrupting a minor. She's accused of lying, rudeness, making threats, mistreating animals, and kidnapping & raping someone and later stalking him across 2 continents. Masquerading as a deaf mime, a Hollywood writer, a nun, and a brunette, all while fleeing justice as a fugitive from the law.
Her asserted idea that she was "doing something good" by cloning puppies (as if it's akin to Mother Teresa caring for the poor & ill), and in her asserted idea that she could "bring Booger back" by cloning, definitely betrays her extremely superficial & meaningless understanding of human emotion & attachment to other people & to pets.
She likely sees pets as objects, so why shouldn't one be just the same as another if they're from "the same mold"? She has a history of not caring about PEOPLE and their rights as individuals, why would she care about the individuality of a dog?
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Only a person so unobservant that they'd never noticed their pet's personality would want to do this. People (well... smart people) wouldn't clone a dead child and expect the clone to have the same personality. And yet some people seem to think that animals have so little personality that one dog is as good as the next.

What a waste of knowledge, resources, and money.
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