The controversial and expensive procedure by which the rich clone their pets

  • Stav Dimitropoulos
  • BBC Economics

image source, John Mendola


John Mendola cloned his old dog to produce these two genetically identical copies.

When John Mendola’s beloved pet was diagnosed with terminal cancer, he decided to clone her.

Mendola is a retired New York City police officer. I was on duty at a station in Long Island in 2006 when someone brought in a scrawny little stray dog.

“The dog was all matted, you couldn’t even brush her … and she had bad teeth, but she was absolutely adorable and so grateful,” he says.

At the end of his shift, Mendola told his co-workers there was no need to take the furry white and brown animal to a shelter: he would take her home. “It was the best thing I’ve ever done in my life,” says the 52-year-old.

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