In a recent interview, the actress and singer Barbra Streisand revealed that two of her dogs, Miss Violet and Miss Scarlett, were cloned from her 14-year-old Coton du Tulear Samantha, who died in 2017. “She was at every performance. It was like losing a child. It was kind of awful,” she said at the time.“They have different personalities,” Streisand says about the cloned puppies.
“I’m waiting for them to get older so I can see if they have her [Samantha’s] brown eyes and seriousness.” Streisand also has a third dog, named Miss Fanny after Fanny Brice in Funny Girl.
This Barbra's dog was cloned
Streisand isn't the only person to have cloned their pets. Fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg and her husband Barry Diller love their Jack Russell terrier Shannon and have paid $100,000 to have her cloned in 2016. Two new puppy clones were created, called Deena and Evita. Reproductive cloning usually employs a technique called somatic cell nuclear transfer. Researchers first take a somatic cell (any cell in the body other than a sperm or egg) from the creature they plan to clone, extract the cell's nucleus, which contains the cell's nuclear DNA, and discard the rest. They then remove the nucleus of an egg cell and insert the somatic cell nucleus in its place. After stimulating cell division, the reconstructed egg is transferred into a surogate mother. Any animal created using this technique is not actually an identical clone of the donor animal , only the clone's nuclear DNA is the same.