As I am more thoroughly sick than you ever realized, I even asked my friend Len at the Max Planck Institute in Potsdam, Germany, to run the numbers and come back with an estimate. And, because Len is also a thoroughly sick person, he did it!
Here we go:
Hey Shannon, goodmorning.I just did a total cost based analysis for the cloning and then had it wiped away by a Netscape page change.
So you now get the short answer:
budget: around 75K mostly for surgery (ie. egg isolation and embryo implantation)
company: to cover costs, around 150 - 250K
This is also assuming that they can get the science perfected, but to be honest, the procedure itself is quite simple.
1. isolate egg from you, remove nucleus - easy
2. isolate cell from you - easy
3. reprogram cell back to totipotent status (like a stem cell) - hard
4. put nucleus from 3 into de-nucleated egg -easy
5. let develop into embryo - hard
6. implant - easy
7. nine months later change diapers - hard
the scientific problems are mostly with steps 3 and 5, which are connected.
Basically what happens these days is that the embryo grows to the blastula stage and then things go wrong.The other option is to put you in a zerox machine, but then you would come out black. How about a mimeograph maghine, then you would be blue, a bit smeared, and smelling of alchol. :)hope this helps!gotta go work.
First off, Len, I am pretty much always blue, a bit smeared, and smelling of alcohol.
Second, this totally doesn't jibe with my plans: which had been to create an army of insta-Shannons. You could each have your very own me! I could give myself out as party favors, send my clones on first dates so they could report back as to whether I should attend the second date, and perhaps, if I found the time, take over the world.
But, until the science catches up, you'll have to just settle for one of me.
(If you heard a wheezing sound, that was the entire Earth breathing a sigh of relief.)
In the comments, tell me how many clones you'd need to screw in a lightbulb. Also, let me know if you'd like to start a band called, "Blastula Stage."