Cat Cloner Still Not Fully Operational
Scientists at UCLA’s Center for Cat Genetics have announced another delay in their cat cloning project. The decade-old initiative has become a black spot on the university after years of delays. Over $250 million in federal grant money and alumni donations have been sunk into the research without a fully operational cloning machine.
“The machine still has some major kinks,” said Dr. Winslow Bommer, who has run the project since 2009. ”We’re maybe 85 or 90% there. But unfortunately, the clones we’re creating aren’t exact copies.”
The current bugaboo perplexing the team is one of appearance transcription coding, according to Bommer. ”Basically, we can make a second cat, but instead of an exact copy, we get an exact opposite. Markings are reversed, opposite eye colors, etc. One cat will be mild mannered and sleepy, the clone will be off the wall and rambunctious,” he explained.
Bommer seemed optimistic that the bugs will be solved, but stressed that their current June 2013 target date for a commercially viable cloner is no longer a likelihood.