Cloned Horses Allowed To Compete In The Olympics

It won’t be long before the basketball championship consists of an American squad of Michael Jordan clones squaring off against a foreign squad of Michael Jordan clones with pencil mustaches. Slate reports:

Reversing an earlier ban, the international governing body for equestrian sports has decided that cloned horses can compete alongside their traditionally bred counterparts.

“The FEI will not forbid participation of clones or their progenies in FEI competitions,” the Federation Equestre Internationale said after its June meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, according to The Chronicle of the Horse. “The FEI will continue to monitor further research, especially with regard to equine welfare.”

That’s good news for two companies—ViaGen in Texas and Cryozootech in France—that have successfully cloned champion horses, mainly for breeding purposes. Cryozootech has produced two clones of the American show-jumping champion Gem Twist. ViaGen, which owns the rights to the technology that produced the famous cloned sheep Dolly, has cloned several horses.

The FEI ruling applies to international equestrian competitions such as the Olympics, but some other racing bodies still prohibit clones.

8 Comments on "Cloned Horses Allowed To Compete In The Olympics"

  1. Monkey See Monkey Do | Jul 8, 2012 at 10:22 am |

    It’s gonna be really cool when we have an olympics full off genetically created half-cyborg steroid freaks. I’ll start watching it.

  2. A disturbance in the Force I feel…

  3. Micheal Jordon clones VS Michael Jordon clones with pencil mustaches. The Russian Jordons will have goates a la Lenin and be white. Asian Jordons will have appropriate eyes. They’ll all be customized.

  4. Red Dwarf got there first i.e Gelfs. Could mean we’re gonna end up with horses that are just legs with a bit to sit on, some sort of appendage to guide direction and a ‘jump’ button.

  5. Joe Public | Jan 8, 2013 at 3:59 pm |

    is a new movie coming out in March 2013 about cloning Jeses called “The
    Power of Few”, starring Christian Slater and Christopher Walken.

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