Frequently Asked Questions
Want to know more about pet cloning? Please check out the frequently asked questions below, or give us a call
Pet Cloning From Gemini Genetics
What is a cloning?
Cloning is the process of producing a genetically identical copy of a cell or an organism. No programmed changes to the DNA occur, resulting in individual cells and/or organisms that have the same DNA.
What is a cloned pet?
A cloned pet is a genetic twin to the original animal. The clone has exactly the same DNA as the original animal and so will be the closest living replica to the original animal, just born at a later time.
How much does it cost to clone a dog?
Dog cloning cost with our partner, ViaGen Pets & Equine, is currently $50,000 USD. However, the initial genetic preservation is available for just £400 + VAT via Gemini Genetics! Contact us today! Tel: 01948 666 295
How much does it cost to clone a cat?
Cat cloning cost with our partner, ViaGen Pets & Equine, is $35,000 USD. However, the initial genetic preservation is available for just £400 + VAT from Gemini Genetics! Contact us today! Tel: 01948 666 295
How much does it cost to clone a horse?
Horse cloning cost is $85,000 USD via our partners, ViaGen Pets & Equine. However, the initial genetic preservation is available for just £400 + VAT from Gemini Genetics! Contact us today! Tel: 01948 666 295!
When can i clone my pet?
In the UK, tissue samples needed for pet cloning can only be taken after the passing of your pet. This means that planning for genetic preservation and cloning should begin as your pet begins to age, so that you have an end of life plan in place. But don’t worry if you haven’t planned in advance. As long as your pet’s body is kept chilled after their passing and you contact us within 5 days of their passing, we will assist you in getting the samples to us as quickly as possible for the time critical genetic preservation.
Where can i clone my pet?
Genetic preservation, the first and time critical stage of animal cloning, is now available in the UK and exclusively via Gemini Genetics! At Gemini Genetics, we are partnered with USA based pet cloning company, ViaGen Pets and Equine. ViaGen are the world leaders in animal cloning, making them the best partner for the cloning of your much loved cat, dog, horse or pony! Contact Gemini Genetics today for further information! Tel: 01948 666 295
How do i send my pet's samples to you for genetic preservation?
At Gemini Genetics, we understand the importance of your pet’s genetic samples. That’s why for UK clients, we offer a personal courier service where a dedicated driver collects your pets tissue samples from your vet centre and brings them directly back to our premises for immediate genetic preservation.
Please contact Gemini Genetics today for more information and for assistance on your sample transit. Tel: 01948 666 295.
My dog has just died. Do i freeze the tissue samples to keep them safe?
No!! Please do not freeze!! Its very important that if your pet passes away, you keep their body and tissue samples cool, but do not freeze them at any stage. This is because freezing, without the correct preparation and media, seriously damages the DNA and can make the samples non viable.
For further information, please contact Gemini Genetics on (UK) 01948 666 295.
How long does a cloned pet live?
Cloned animals have the same lifespan ability as non-cloned animals so can be expected to live for at least as long as the original animal.
Will the clone look the same as the original pet?
The clone will have the exact same DNA as the original pet and will therefore have the same genetics to code for the same appearance as the original pet. However, some aspects of appearance can be modified by the environment. This is seen in animals of different colours as opposed to animals of one solid colour. So, for example, for a tabby cat, some slight variance may be seen in the positioning or colour of some of the coat hairs. The clone will, however, be the closest replica to the original pet and so be of the greatest possible similarity to your original animal. See our blog for more info on this!
Can cloned pets breed?
Yes, cloned animals can breed and just the same as non-cloned animals. If you are specifically interested in dog breeding, our sister company, Elite Kennel Fertility, may be of interest to you. Find more about them here!
My pet has just died. What should I do?
The most important event post death is that the animal’s body is kept cool but not frozen. Inform your vets straight away that they must keep the body cool via refrigeration but must not freeze the body at any stage. Freezing seriously harms the DNA. The next stage is to make contact with Gemini Genetics, and we will assist you with the sample taking and shipping process.
Can you clone my dog, cat or horse from hair, blood or nail/ hoof samples?
At present, cloning can only be achieved from skin tissue samples. To produce a clone, the samples have to be capable of regenerating and skin tissue is currently the best sample type for this. If you have hair or other samples, you can keep them as a keep’s sake and for if/when later technology becomes available.