In response, Parsons has setup a GoFundMe page in the effort of collecting enough money to clone her now-deceased cat and enhance its lifespan.
“As far as we know we only have one life, but a clone would extend Link’s life via his cell line and DNA to Link V 2.0, 3.0 and so on until we get it right. So one of my initiatives is to increase his naturally short life-span by testing new or proven longevity methods to make him healthier, longer living, and without disease.”
– Carla Parsons
It might seem crazy, but Parsons’ efforts are certainly a valiant one. So if you share her belief that we should no longer carry the burden of losing the life of those pets we’ve come to love and cherish, all she asks for is a donation. The total amount in funding she seeks is $5,000.
Photo Credit: Carla Parsons
- $391 – this was the cost, paid for via credit card, for the Cryonics Institute to provide Parsons a Lifetime Membership and 8 tiny 1.6 ml viles, of which contain tissue samples from her deceased cat;
- $1600 – this is the cost required by a company called Full Genomes to provide full genomic testing of one of the tissue samples; and
- $3000 – this is the cost for a brand new cryo-storage refrigerator, of which will allow Parsons to conduct genetic engineering tests at her own lab located in Austin, Texas.
As you can tell from the video provided above, longevity researcher Carla Parsons isn’t the only person who’s considered cloning their deceased pet. Nor do we believe she’ll be the last. And we know what you’re thinking: this is crazy; it’s not worth it; who would ever go to such lengths to clone their own pet when they could simply buy another one? All we can say is, laugh or judge all you want, but what Parsons is attempting to do here could very well be the future of “life insurance policies” for future pets, whereby cloning provisions will be included for all pets forced into premature death. Keeping this in mind, we wish Parsons the best of luck and hope that her pet cat Link is brought back and made anew.