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  1. ‘…even genetically identical pets don’t necessarily look the same.’

    Except for identical twins (?), each generation apparently possesses genetic variations, absent in the parents, that drive evo/devolution.

    Questions for a geneticist:

    If a clone were incapable of genetic variation, while it’s easy to see how its personality would differ from its parent’s, how could it differ physically? Wouldn’t its appearance be a carbon copy? Since it is not, a clone apparently mutates.

    Would someone who’s seen thousands of animals of a given species – a farmer, breeder, judge, vet – assert that perfect purebreds are perfect copies of each other?

    A cat that strays into my yard has the same markings and colors as Insp. McWee, my boy who died Sept. 12, 2013. His head is as round. His eyes as blue. His ears and mask as chocolate brown. Which is where it ends. His ‘look’ is the mirror image of my boy. His expression is totally unlike.

    Some rungs up the ladder, how can homogeneity also be unique? How can the ‘self’ slip the bonds of and soar like a bird over cookie-cutter sameness? Could generations of purebreds shoot it down? Given a hundred photos of rubber-stamp Siamese or Border Collies, would a parent infallibly recognize his child?

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