Cloned Labrador Puppy Delivered to Florida Couple

Family was one of five who bid on and won the chance to clone their dogs.

Posted: February 2, 2009, 5 a.m. EST

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Cloned Labrador Retriever puppy

Lancelot Encore

Edgar and Nina Otto of Florida are the proud owners of a new 10-week-old Labrador Retriever named Lancelot Encore, in honor of the puppy's genetic donor, Sir Lancelot, who died January 2008.

The Ottos had the family dog's DNA stored and by October, samples from the original dog were on their way to the Sooam Biotech Research Foundation in Seoul, South Korea, which provides cloning services to BioArts International. BioArts opened up an online auction in July for a chance to clone a family dog.

The Ottos were one of five families to bid and win, paying $155,000 for "Lancey" the cloned puppy, born Nov. 18, 2008. Lou Hawthorne, BioArts chairman, delivered the puppy to the couple Jan. 26.

"His predecessor was a very special dog," Nina Otto said. "Sir Lancelot was the most human of any dog we've ever had."

Hawthorne said the delivery was a "very special milestone for our company."

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N/A   Somewhere, TX

6/24/2009 11:38:04 AM

Although I love my dog and would obviously be very upset if something happened to her, I certainly wouldn't want a clone of her! It's unnatural, and if I had a dog who had her genes and looked exactly like her but wasn't even related to her I actually think it would be kind of
creepy....

I don't think pets should be cloned for the enjoyment of their owners, I think it should only be used to say, bring certain extinct animals, like the Tasmanian Tiger or something else that we hunted to extinction, back. Science should not be taken for granted.

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Gizmo's Mom   Tallahassee, FL

2/20/2009 9:35:37 AM

I can understand the love for Lancelot and wanting to have him back or have a clone of him. These people obviously do not have to be concerned about money like the rest of us. I saw the puppy with them during a TV interview, and Lancelot Encore is an absolutely beautiful Lab. He looked to have great conformation, etc., so his genes would be good to pass on. It does seem selfish in a way, to spend so much money on a clone when there are millions of wonderful, loving dogs who are euthanized every year in shelters. I'm sure the shelter in their town would have loved a donation of over $154K! Think what they could have done with that.....

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Mike   Dallas, TX

2/19/2009 6:31:01 AM

They should be embarassed. They could have adopted an equally cute dog from their pound and donated the remaining >$154,900 to a charity of their choice.

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Mark   palm coast, FL

2/15/2009 7:56:27 AM

Fantastic! I'd love to have a stong part of my dog family back.

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