A Life-extension researcher, a woman determined to not let her pets death go to waste, wants to clone her cat and says it’s vital to her research in Longevity Science.
In her Go Fund Me Campaign , she outlines how there are currently no companies out there focused on the longevity of pets using the method of CRISPR gene editing, that is so far proving miracle breakthroughs in medicine. She says that proving these methods work in larger mammals is vital to assist Longevity Science in humans. So far there are a couple of companies in the Longevity Science Field that are focusing on dogs but none for cats and certainly none that are truly focused in radical life extension for both ourselves and pets. Using her suffering as a catalyst could help make a few waves in her field.
Are there any ethical implications to what she is doing? According to Ms. Parsons her only concern are that exo-wombs are not currently available and is why her short term goal is to Cryogenically freeze her pet until a later date. Her concern seems legitimate; currently all cloning methods use surrogate mothers however with current testing this is likely to change in the near future.
Cloning dogs is now half as expensive as mentioned in the video above, and even less for cats. Surrogates are currently used, and pregnancy in any animal is taxing to the body. In this case, a surrogate must be surgically opened to implant a new embryo and there is a 60% chance the surgery may not even be successful. Though one could argue that the animal undergoes less trauma since of course it’s under anesthetics, you don’t want to perform an unnecessary surgery. There is proof however that this method of cloning could very soon change with the invention of a true exo-womb or an “artificial uterus“.
In the last week there have been two major breakthroughs in these fields. Now we can grow developing brains outside of a body and another headline which stated “CRISPR Corrects Sickle Cell-Causing Gene in Human Cells”. There is likely still a lot of progress needed in these fields, but there is also lots of hope for better and more accurate cloning techniques on the horizon.
Ms. Parsons has received backlash about her current endeavor. The commenters not seeing the correlation between the trauma of her deceased cat and cloning research. However, some encouraging feedback responded nevertheless: “This is the most legit thing on the internet!” and other positive comments. She outlines that her need of cryo-storage for research purposes is the most time dependent factor right now which is what she needs help with. So if you want to help her gain access to do this vital longevity research and help her bring back the pet she loves in some form you can donate here:
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~ Radical Science News Team