Happy Birthday CC the First Cloned Cat!

CC-Copycat first cloned catCC or Copy Cat was the first cat to be cloned 18 years ago. Born on December 22, 2001, CC, a brown and white tabby, has defied the usual science that predicts that clones die young. CC was cloned at Texas A&M University, and was adopted shortly thereafter by Shirley Kraemer. CC’s surrogate mother was a tabby, but her genetic donor, Rainbow, was a calico domestic shorthair. The difference in hair color between CC and Rainbow is due to chance.

In 2006, CC was also the first cloned cat to give birth to her own litter, of which three survived, Tess, Tim and Zip. “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.”

Some say that CC is one of the most famous cats in the world.




Handout photo of the world’s first cloned kitten, far right, with her surrogate mother. The kitten was created by researchers in Texas, naming her Cc, from a cell taken from an adult tortoiseshell female. The nuclear-donor cat, left, was used in the transfer technique pioneered by the Edinburgh scientists who made Dolly the sheep, the first mammal cloned from an adult cell. Scientists have tried and failed to clone a dog before, but this is thought to be the first time a domestic cat has been cloned. See PA story SCIENCE Cat. PA Photo/ Handout/ Nature Magazine.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              


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