ViaGen Pets

ViaGen Pets, based in Cedar Park, Texas, is a division of TransOva Genetics, that offers animal cloning services to pet owners. ViaGen Pets division was launched in 2016.[1]

ViaGen Pets offers cloning as well as DNA preservation services, sometimes called tissue or cell banking.[2]

Technology and patentsEdit

ViaGen's subsidiary, Start Licensing, owns a cloning patent which is licensed to their only competitor as of 2018, who also offers animal cloning services.[3]

The cloning process used by both ViaGen and their competitor is somatic cell nuclear transfer, the same as which was used for cloning Dolly the Sheep.[3]

HistoryEdit

ViaGen Pets began by offering cloning to the livestock and equine industry in 2003,[1] and later included cloning of cats and dogs in 2016.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Castillo, Michelle (March 8, 2018). "This woman paid $50,000 to clone her dead chihuahua...twice". CNBC. Retrieved June 6, 2020.
  2. ^ Claiborne, Casey (January 11, 2020). "Cedar Park company ViaGen cloning favorite pets". FOX 7 Austin. Retrieved June 6, 2020.
  3. ^ a b Baron, Jessica. "If You Love Animals, Don't Clone Your Pet". Forbes. Retrieved June 6, 2020.
  4. ^ Staff, WTOC. "Viagen Pets take animal cloning from research lab to marketplace". www.wtoc.com. Retrieved June 6, 2020.