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Cloned Canine Celebrates Her 1st Birthday
Date:12/6/2008

One year ago today, Lou Hawthorne got a call from a biotech lab in Korea. He was told that he was now the proud owner of the very first clone of a pet dog, his beloved family mutt, Missy. Now one year old, Mira, the clone of Missy, is a happy, healthy puppy living the good life in Mill Valley, California. “Not only does she bear a striking resemblance to Missy, but her coat feels the same, and she has some of the same quirks that made Missy unique – like her love of broccoli and her tendency to steal my socks.”

Mill Valley, CA (Vocus) December 6, 2008 -- One year ago today, Lou Hawthorne got a call from a biotech lab in Korea. He was told that he was now the proud owner of the very first clone of a pet dog, his beloved family mutt, Missy. “I was very excited - and when I went to pick her up 3 months later, I was blown away by the similarities between the clone and the original."

Mira enjoys going for walks, snuggling with her family on the couch, and playing with other dogs. She also begs for scraps and barks when she shouldn't "We're working on that," said Hawthorne. The only thing that's really different about Mira is what remains the same: Her genetic makeup is an exact copy of Missy’s, as confirmed by the UC Davis Veterinary Genetics Lab.

Indeed Mira has many of Missy’s traits, states Hawthorne. “Not only does she bear a striking resemblance to Missy, but her coat feels the same, and she has some of the same quirks that made Missy unique – like her love of broccoli and her tendency to steal my socks.”

Hawthorne began the journey to clone Missy in 1997, and launched Genetic Savings and Clone (GSC) in 2000, intending to offer commercial cat and dog cloning to the general public. Despite cloning numerous cats and significantly advancing the science of cloning, GSC was unable to clone Missy and cl
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