Cloned horses fail to make the starting line in time for London Olympics

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The 2012 Olympic games will bring a number of technological advances to the world of sport and media, but genetically-engineered superhorses will not be one of them.

According to Slate, the international body for equestrian sports (FEI) has decided to overturn a ban on cloned horses running in the Olympic Games, unfortunately the ruling will come too late for the London games.

While no cloned horse will be in the upcoming games, the FEI's ruling does mark a major turn in the acceptance of cloned equines. Just this year, horse clone maker Jason Abrahams sued the American Quarter Horse Association because they wouldn't recognise his company's horses as legitimate thoroughbreds.

Evidently, the cloning of horses has been around since 2003. The original intention of cloned equines was to prolong the longevity of athletic thoroughbred bloodlines. Now with the FEI's new ruling clones may one day win gold in a future Olympic Game.

At the moment cloning is expensive and only used by a select group of breeders. But in time no one knows what may happen. It's entirely possible that one day you could bet on Secretariat one, two and three for the trifecta.

We've certainly come along way from the 1948 London Olympics. As the 2012 games ramp up as the most technologically advanced Olympics in history, it just makes sense that we can look forward to cloned horses in the future.

12 Jul 2012

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