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Animal lovers Edgar,79 and Nina Otto,66 Labrador retriever, Lancelot, died of cancer which moved the couple to a cloned copy. On Jan. 27, 2009 a year after the demise Lancelot, their doggie double “Lancelot Encore.” arrived. And he looks just like his namesake. Picture: The 10-week-old golden Labrador retriever is a clone, created in South Korea by a California biotech firm from the DNA of the first Sir Lancelot, the beloved pet of Ed and Nina Otto of Boca Raton. The original ”Lancy” died, at age 11, in January 2008. In West Boca, Florida the couple on their 12-acre land, tend to four parrots, 10 cats and six sheep along with their nine other dogs. Edgar look upon Lancelot as an unbelievable, humanlike dog and a true companion. Hence the Ottos had DNA frozen from Lancelot six years ago(cryogenically banked DNA samples). Then, last June — six months after Lance’s death — they bidded and won the dog-cloning auction for $155,000 held by the Northern California biotech firm BioArts International. BioArts partnered with Dr. Hwang S Woo-Suk, of the South Korea biotech research firm Sooam, to bring a second Lancelot into the Otto household. Hwang, a controversial figure, lost his research professorship at Seoul National University in 2004 after fraudulently claiming that he had cloned human embryos and stem cells. To create Lancelot Encore, Woo-suk took an egg from what Hawthorne , who ran a BioArts predecessor called Genetic Savings & Clone, called an indigenous Korean dog resembling a bloodhound, replaced the egg's innards with the late Lancelot's DNA, then implanted the egg in a second Korean dog. Two months later, Lancelot Encore was born, at 1.3 pounds. Now 10 weeks old a hefty, boisterous 17 pounder, he lavished kisses on the Ottos , as well as anyone else who came within licking range.
His father, the late Edward Otto, cofounded both NASCAR and the Orange Bowl where, in the 1930s, he staged motorcycle races and Edgar himself started a successful medical company. Ed Otto, NASCAR’s Silent Partner’ Book Launch Set for Daytona
The Humane Society of the United States lambastes pet cloning calling the practice ”disreputable,” the animal-welfare organization insists that “cloning cannot replicate an animal’s uniqueness. Cloning can only replicate the pet’s genetics, which influence but do not determine his physical attributes or personality.” It is unclear whether little Lancy’s temperament will resemble his predecessor’s. The concept has critics, many of whom question the ethics of spending so much money on custom-designed dogs at a time when U.S. shelters kill an estimated 3 million to 4 million unwanted pets annually. The [Tri-County] Humane Society in Palm Beach County, no-kill shelter’s founder and CEO, Jeannette Christos said the Ottos have given her shelter almost twice what their new puppy cost.
"A penny for your thoughts"
Monday, March 2, 2009
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