Here Fido, Fido, Jr, And Fido III!

BioArts International, a biotech company in Mill Valley, CA, is auctioning off five spots—uh, opportunities—to have your dog cloned. On June 18th the five highest bidders in an online auction will be able to get a copy of their dog. Well, providing you have “a living dog from which your veterinarian can obtain a viable tissue sample, or have already gene banked viable tissue from a live or deceased dog.” Unfortunately they can’t use saliva, teeth, nails, blood, or fur. Darn. The cloning will be performed by Hwang Woo-suk, the South Korean scientist and creator of Snuppy, the world’s first cloned dog, whose stem cell research turned out to have been faked. Now that’s reassuring. Bidding will start at $100,000. Registration is open at With luck you’ll have a matching pair of dogs on time for the dog days of summer.

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