From Pet Age comes this story of the last thing the world needs: cloned Jack Russell terriers.
ViaGen Pets has delivered the first American-born cloned puppy, a spunky Jack Russell Terrier named Nubia, who is a genetically-identical twin of the owner’s beloved pet.
Why am I not enthusiastic?
For the simple reason that there are scores of thousands of Jack Russell in shelters right now that just need a home.
Most are good dogs that simply need a loving pet home and a little training and discipline. Their only crime is that they are not puppies.
To be clear, this is the first time an American company has cloned a Jack Russell terrier, not the first time an American has cloned a Jack Russell terrier.
It seems fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg and her media mogul husband Barry Diller could not handle the death of their Jack Russell Terrier, Shannon, and so they paid a Korean company $100,000 to clone two of her.
Of course, even cloned dogs do not look exactly like their cell donors -- pigment drifts around and settles. In the end, you get dogs that look very related, but are quite clearly different, as the two Von Furstenberg clones, at top, demonstrate.