Cat cloning company lives final life

A little under two years ago, Lou Hawthorne, CEO of Genetic Savings and Clone, linkurl:told me;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/15228/ that he hoped the pet cloning company would be profitable within two years, at which point it would consider an initial public offering. Apparently, they didn?t make it. News outlets reported last week that the company had sent letters to all of its clients announcing it would be closing by the end of the year. Clients could continue to bank their pet

By | October 16, 2006

A little under two years ago, Lou Hawthorne, CEO of Genetic Savings and Clone, linkurl:told me;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/15228/ that he hoped the pet cloning company would be profitable within two years, at which point it would consider an initial public offering. Apparently, they didn?t make it. News outlets reported last week that the company had sent letters to all of its clients announcing it would be closing by the end of the year. Clients could continue to bank their pets? DNA with a sister company, Austin, Texas-based Viagen. That service started in the hundreds of dollars when Genetic Savings and Clone was offering it. If they?re gone for good, I?ll miss the company, which I wrote several stories about starting in late 2004, when I saw their cloned linkurl:cats Tabouli and Baba Ghanoush;http://www.the-scientist.com/2004/10/25/12/1 on display at the annual New York Cat Show. The price then was $50,000 per cloned cat, but it was linkurl:lowered to $32,000;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/22604/ last year. I called Hawthorne to find out what?s going on, but only got his cell phone?s outgoing message, which said he was with ?Bio-Art.? I assume that has something to do with the Bio-Art and Research Corp ? better known as BARC, Genetic Savings and Clone?s predecessor. I?ll let you know if I hear back from him.

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Avatar of: richard v brown

richard v brown

Posts: 1

October 29, 2006

Any news from Lou Hawthorne yet?
Avatar of: Opiate Detox

Opiate Detox

Posts: 1

October 29, 2006

I strongly believe that any kind of cloning is wrong, and against nature! We are all part of the same family on this earth and we humans have an obligation of stewardship, not unreigned experimentation on other living beings!\n
Avatar of: Ivan Oransky

Ivan Oransky

Posts: 7

November 1, 2006

Sorry, haven't heard back from Hawthorne. Will let you know when I do.
Avatar of: Randy Sturgess

Randy Sturgess

Posts: 1

December 1, 2006

May 06 I tried to find new info on their servie and zippo zilch nada, took a few weeks before they emailed me back. THey said sure we clone fill out a application and do a DNA sample and we go from their. Im glad i felt uneasy by them now I know why,, Sad a Billionaire funds a project and the people running are playing off of peoples heartache. RULE # 1 from this never trust a movie maker,, which i have found out what Lou's' back ground was,, not SCIENCE....\nsad i want to clone my pet now its hopeless
Avatar of: AL

AL

Posts: 1

December 8, 2006

http://www.madison.com/wsj/home/biz/index.php?ntid=106338&ntpid=3\n\nHawthorne said in a telephone interview that "reports to date (about the closure) have been inaccurate" and that he was not authorized to comment.\n
Avatar of: Savanna deymonaz

Savanna deymonaz

Posts: 1

October 4, 2007

I am very intrested in finding out more about Genetic Savings & Clone could some one please help me.\n\nSavanna@petfriendzylv.com
Avatar of: Ben C.

Ben C.

Posts: 1

November 19, 2007

Genetic Savings and Clone has permanently closed. Viagen does not clone pets. Cloning is being replaced with more\ncurrent technology by the Japanese. I'll bet\nViagen was hoping to make $$$ with patent\nroyalties, so much for that idea.....

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