In a recent interview with Variety, Barbra Streisand casually revealed that two out of three of her dogs are cloned.
Her original Coton de Tulear dog, Samantha, passed away last year. Shortly before her death, however, Streisand had cells removed from Samantha’s stomach and mouth to create clones of her beloved former pet. When Samantha’s clones were first born, Streisand dressed them in red and purple as a way to tell them apart. That’s even how they got their names: Miss Violet and Miss Scarlett.
But Barbra Streisand isn’t the only person with the ability to clone her pets. Anyone with a spare $50,000 can. Or, if this price seems too steep for you, your pet’s genes can be preserved for a measly $1,600.
This all began back in 2005 when researchers in South Korea first announced that they had cloned a dog. The researchers reported that the puppies almost always looked alike and behaved similarly to the dogs they were created from. But it’s important to note that cloned animals are not exact replicas of each other.
Wondering how it works?
In simplest terms, an owner needs to obtain a genetic sample from their dog. The sample then gets sent to a lab and the scientists process it in a way that ultimately fuses the sample with an egg. Once the egg becomes an embryo, it can get transferred into a dog surrogate. If all goes right, the surrogate will give birth in 60 days. However, the process only works roughly 33 to 40 percent of the time. Chances of miscarriage are high.
Streisand ensures the clones individuality, saying, “They have different personalities. I’m waiting for them to get older so I can see if they have her (Samantha’s) brown eyes and seriousness.”