An obituary dedicated to the legendary hero of Internet memes, the Grumpy Cat, was released last week. The animal, thanks to the efforts of the fans, became so famous that it went down in history and now the idea of its posthumous cloning is being discussed quite seriously. There is biomaterial, funding, too, the technology has been worked out - what prevents this idea from being realized?
The call to clone Sauce Tardar, as the cat was actually called, sounded back in 2014. Grumpy Cat has just reached the zenith of its fame, and many people wanted to get themselves a kitten from her, or better - a finished copy. Partly because the owners very successfully monetized the peculiarity of their pet's appearance by opening an official store of goods with his images.
The problem of cloning beloved pets, whose age is a priori less than the lifespan of their owners, has long been successfully solved. For example, Barbara Streisand thus "extended the life" of her beloved dog. But still, the technology is not ideal and allows the appearance of mutations in clones, including dangerous ones. And the clones will definitely get dwarfism and some other defects that Grumpy Cat suffered, which is unlikely to make their existence happy.
Another aspect is legal and ethical. Grumpy Cat is a registered trademark, and the creation of clones will require the consent of its owners, who will certainly ask for a lot of money. But is it worth paying? Why “resurrect” Grumpy Cat, whose history has de facto ended? Of course, you can continue to publish funny pictures, make money, and when the clone dies, make a new one. It will turn out to be an "eternal grumpy cat", but is that what Grumpy Cat fans want?