U.S. couple seek to clone man's best friend

A rich couple found their ideal pet in a dog that is one of a kind. However, they hope to change that. A Texas professor said Tuesday the anonymous pair gave his team a $2.2 million research grant to work oncloning Missy, the mixed-breed bitch they adopted from an animal shelter. Mark Westhusin, professor of Veterinary Physiology at Texas A&M University, said despite its sentimental origin, the so-called "Missiplicity Project" was serious science. "There are a number of objectives and one of them is to develop technology for cloning dogs," said Westhusin, who has previously worked on the genetic engineering and cloning of cattle.