Bel Air woman turns to cloning to keep pet’s legacy alive


CONTROVERSIAL WAY TO KEEP THAT
LEGACY ALIVE. HIS NAME IS BRUCE WAYNE, THAT BE
GEARED FOR YOUR OLD CHIHUAHUA OF
INSTAGRAM FAME. THE OWNER CANNOT IMAGINE LIFE
WITHOUT HIM. NOW THAT BELAIR WOMAN DOES NOT
REALLY HAVE TO. I DID NOT NEED A ROBOTIC
COPY. I JUST LIKE TO SEE ANOTHER PIECE
OF HIM. MEET PETER PARKER AND TONY
STARK, THE SUPERHERO CLONES THAT
JUST TURNED SIX MONTHS OLD. THEY ARE THE GENETIC IDENTICAL
MATCH OF THE ORIGINAL. THEIR COLORING OF THEIR
PERSONALITIES VARY.>>EACH PART OF THEIR
PERSONALITY IS AN EXAGGERATED
PART OF HIS PERSONALITY. WE HAVE A JEALOUS ONE, IN ANGRY
ONE, A SWEET ONE AT A REALLY
CALM ONE. I WOULD SAY THE OLDER THEY GET
MORE AND MORE THEY ARE BECOMING
MORE SIMILAR. DEBORAH: IT BEGAN WITH A SMALL
TISSUE SAMPLE. TECHNICIANS CULTURE MILLIONS OF
CELLS WITH EACH CELL CONTAINING
ALL OF THE DNA NEEDED TO PRODUCE
A CLONE. THEN COMES A DONOR EGG WITH THE
NUCLEUS REMOVED AND REPLACED
WITH A CULTURED CELL USED —
FUSE TOGETHER THE EMBRYO STARTS
TO GROW. THE NEXT STEP INVOLVES A
SURROGATE.>>IT IS VERY SIMILAR TO AN IVF
PROCEDURE. THE SURROGATE HAS A NORMAL
GESTATION TIME AND SHE WILL GIVE
BIRTH TO ONE OR POSSIBLY TWO, OR
MAYBE MORE PUPPIES OR KITTENS
THAT ARE ALL GOING TO EACH BE
GENETICALLY IDENTICAL TO THAT ORIGINAL ANIMAL.>>T CHIHUAHUA PUPPIES WERE
CARRIED BY A BEAGLE AND WERE
BORN IN OCTOBER. THOUGH THEIR SPOTS ARE
DIFFERENT, THEIR GENETIC MARKER
REPORTS SHOW THAT THE GK 304
THROUGH 308 ARE ALL IDENTICAL TO
THE ORIGINAL. THE DOCTOR FROM MIDDLE RIVER IS
THEIR VETERINARIAN. EACH VISIT WE DO A THOROUGH
EXAM AND THERE ARE VERY HEALTHY. DEBORAH: THEY HAVE PRODUCED MORE
THAN 100 PET CLONES AT THE COST
OF $150,000 FOR DOGS AND 25,000
FOR CATS. — 50,000 FOR DOGS AND 25,000
FOR CATS. JUST TO HAVE THAT OPTION,
ONCE IT IS GONE IT IS GONE. DEBORAH: THEY ARE OPPOSED TO
CLONING PETS.>>WE TAKE 11,000 HOMELESS
ANIMALS EVERY YEAR AND THE GOAL
IS TO FACE ALL OF THEM IN HOMES. WE NEED PEOPLE TO ADOPT THE PETS
THAT WE HAVE. DEBORAH: SHE DOES A LOT OF
CHARITY WORK AND RESPECTS THAT
IT IS NOT FOR EVERYONE.>>AT THE END OF THE DAY IT IS
MY FAMILY THAT I AM WITH AND IT
IS BRUCE WAYNE AND THE PUPPIES I
AM WITH. THEY MAKE ME HAPPY. IT IS A GOOD DECISION AND I’M
GLAD I MADE IT. DEBORAH: BRUCE WAYNE WILL LIVE
— LIVE ON IN THESE LITTLE
GUYS AND MAYBE IN OTHERS.>>THERE ARE MORE CELLS OF
ROUSSEFF WAYNE THAT IF I WANTED
TO DO IT IN 15 YEARS I COULD DO
IT AGAIN. DEBORAH: THERE IS A FIFT CLONE
OF BRUCE WAYNE, THAT DOG DOES
HAVE HEALTH ISSUES THAT ARE NOT
BELIEVED TO BE RELATED TO
CLONING. THE FOLKS AT VIA GEN PETS TELL
US THOUSANDS OF PET OWNERS HAVE
STORED SAMPLES WITH THEIR
GENETIC PRESERVATION SERVICE. AND THERE IS CURRENTLY A WAITING
LIST TO PRODUCE A CLONE, A FEW
MONTHS FOR DOGS AND AN EVEN
LONGER WAIT FOR CATS. LIVE IN THE STUDIO, DEBORA

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