Friday, April 14, 2006

Cloning is not equal to duplication

Cloning does not necessarily mean that you will have the same physical or, further more, behavioral characteristics. Texas A&M University produced a clone of a calico cat with "splotches of brown, tan and gold on white." However, the clone did not have the splotches. Instead the clone had "a striped gray coat over white"! Very interesting. Also the clone had very different behavioral patterns than the original. Goes to show that DNA does not define ones behavior and even those with similar DNA can have very different physical features. Time for a change in the textbooks...

For the article on the cloned cat see: Genetic copy of cat not a copycat after all

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