There it is again. At the bottom of this story on CopyCat, there is the statement “This is a way to revive the pet in [the owner’s] minds.”
This sounds terribly reductionist to me. Just throw some DNA together, put it in the vat and you’ve gotten it all back!
This is on the same vein of those who want genetic clones of themselves. What absurd vanity! What happens when the person’s genetic heir isn’t quite what they imagined? What possible purpose does producing a genetic duplicate serve other than self-aggrandizement? Look, I’m so great, I made another me!