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Clone Kitty In 2001, Operation CopyCat at Texas A&M University produced CC, the world’s first cloned pet. “CC” stands for “Carbon Copy”. National Geographic described how the process worked: >The cat was cloned by transplanting DNA from Rainbow, a female three-colored (tortoiseshell or calico) cat into an egg cell whose nucleus had been removed, and then implanting this embryo into Allie, the surrogate mother. Although CC is genetically identical to Rainbow, the two cats look nothing alike. That’s because a cat’s coat color is modified by epigenetic changes—meaning changes in the packaging around the kitten’s DNA—that happen in the womb. CC was still alive as of 2011, and she even gave birth to a few (perfectly normal) kittens.Larry Wadsworth/Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

Sarah Fecht, “The 11 Most Important Cats Of Science” at PopSci

plus ten more non-cloned famous science kitties… .

See also: In what ways are cats intelligent? Cats have nearly twice as many neurons as dogs and a bigger and more complex cerebral cortex


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