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War of the clones

US firm and anti-vivisectionists in a PR cat fight as the price of a cloned kitty drops

Ivan Oransky(ioransky@the-scientist.com)

In the same week that a leading pet cloning company announced the sale of another cloned cat and dropped its price for the service by more than a third, animal activists stepped up efforts to ban or regulate the practice.

Last week, California Assembly Member Lloyd Levine said he would be introducing a bill to ban the sales of cloned pets. On Saturday (February 12), Genetic Savings and Clone said it had delivered "Little Gizmo" to the former owner of Gizmo, a mixed breed Siamese who died in March 2004. The company also announced that it was reducing its price for cat cloning from $50,000 to $32,000.

And on Tuesday (February 15), the American Anti-Vivisection Society (AAVS) sent a petition to the US Department of Agriculture asking that the agency require Genetic Savings and Clone and other companies to register as research facilities under the Animal Welfare Act and that...

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