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Re: [RC] BBC E-mail: Champion endurance horse cloned - John Teeter

Val happens to be here in Argentina:) She is very pleased. Cloning is not easy 
at all and this one was no exception she said. 

Also, while competition would be interesting, the primary reason for doing the 
clone was to get a start at a bloodline - i.e. breeding champions. She 
mentioned that in our sport, it is most common that gelding happens before a 
proven endurance champion emerges. This was a way to get the breeding line of 
Cash back!

At any rate, it (cloning) is a very difficult process and one that is still 
very experimental in most species. It will be very interesting to see you it 
evolves in this particular sport where being a registered Arabian is  really 
secondary to being an champion! It's too bad Rio just passed away ... it would 
be ... no I don't want to go there yet:)

johnt
(from the heart of the Pan Americans where everyone who is riding is heading to 
a prolonged siesta!!)
At 01:54 PM 4/14/2005, you wrote:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/4443881.stm

I  don't know about all this. I find it extremely weird. Pretty foal but is it 
really such a good idea? Didn't they find that the cloned offspring of Dolly 
the sheep aged quickly?

Shivering a bit and preferring messy breeding,

Maryanne
Cairo

On Apr 14, 2005, at 6:35 PM, Melissa Alexander wrote:

The funny thing is... there's no guarantee the horse will be anything like
the horse that was cloned.

A clone is an identical twin. Identical twins generally have a lot in common
-- and a lot that's absolutely not the same, including talents, skills, and
frequently even looks!!

And then there's the nurture part of the equation. Nature's influence is
pretty much set at conception. After that it's environment and experience.
This horse will, I assume, have all the best endurance-specific experiences
from birth, but that still doesn't mean, in the end, he'll be one whit
better than any other individual.

I'd hate to think how much they paid for him!

Melissa


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RE: [RC] BBC E-mail: Champion endurance horse cloned, Melissa Alexander
Re: [RC] BBC E-mail: Champion endurance horse cloned, Maryanne Gabbani