CC the first cloned cat, age 2, with her owner, Shirley Kraemer, in College Station Texas
|Born||December 22, 2001|
College Station, Texas
|Known for||First cloned pet|
CC, for "CopyCat" or "Carbon Copy" (born December 22, 2001), is a brown tabby and white domestic shorthair and the first cloned pet. She was cloned by scientists at Texas A&M University in conjunction with Genetic Savings & Clone Inc. CC's surrogate mother was a tabby, but her genetic donor, Rainbow, was a calico domestic shorthair. The difference in hair coloration between CC and Rainbow is due to x inactivation and epigenetic re-programming, which normally occurs in a fertilised embryo before implantation.
In September 2006, CC gave birth to four live kittens. The litter was fathered naturally by another lab cat named Smokey. It included two males named Tim and Zip and one female named Tess. Another kitten (a female) was stillborn. This incident was the first time a cloned pet gave birth. CC appears to be free of the cloning-related health problems that have arisen in some other animal clones. "CC has always been a perfectly normal cat and her kittens are just that way, too," says Shirley Kraemer, CC's owner. "We’ve been monitoring their health and all of them are fine, just like CC has been for the past five years."
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