Having recently posted an article on ESPN Magazine/Marvel Comic’s speculations about Lebron James being cloned (and engaging in every sort of occult practice, which he appears to be doing in real life) it is of interest that news have just come out about cloned polo horses from Argentina.
The Economist published the article The business of polo; Cloney ponies - How technology could transform an ancient sport (January 5, 2013 AD):
IMAGINE a football match pitting 11 clones of Wayne Rooney against 11 more clones of the same spud-faced Manchester United striker.
No idea what this means, seems to be referring to grown men who became millionaires by playing catch just as Lebron James became one by bouncing a ball on the ground and putting a ball into a hoop.
In 2010 the world’s first cloned polo pony was born. The technique has since caught fire in Argentina, the global capital of professional polo. Adolfo Cambiaso, probably the world’s best player, has teamed up with Alan Meeker of Crestview Genetics, a Texan firm, to clone eight of his mounts.
The clones look and act like their “parents”. Dolfina Lapa, one of Mr Cambiaso’s star mares, is “meaner than mean”, says Mr Meeker. Her clones? “They’ll kick you, they’ll bite you…just like Lapa. It’s uncanny.”
Polo’s various governing bodies have approved clones for competition, but since polo horses seldom compete until they are five years old, no clone has yet been tested in a match. Buyers are undeterred. A three-month-old clone of Mr Cambiaso’s Cuartetera fetched $800,000 at auction in Buenos Aires—the most expensive sale in polo history.
Considering that the best polo horses go for circa $200,000 what kid of deal is $800,000? Perhaps the novelty will wear off (or, they will cost even more when they price on polo horse’s DNA is mixed with that of their human owners).
The cloning technique is the same that was used in 1996 AD to clone the sheep named Dolly. Thus far, “Crestview has created 60 clones” and “hopes to produce between 20 and 30 next year.”
Obviously, it will not be long before you will have to ask for “non-cloned” when ordering a steak.
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