• FAQ

  • What is DNA?

    Deoxyribonucleic Acid, or DNA for short, contains the genetic instructions used in the development and functioning of all living things. The main role of DNA molecules is the long-term storage of information. DNA is often compared to a set of blueprints, or a code, since it contains the instructions needed to construct other components of cells.

    How does the Fluffy 2.0 System work

    The kit contains the materials necessary to take two different cell samples from your pet. First, a buccal swab is used to collect cells from the inside of the cheek. Second, a number of hairs are collected that include the DNA rich follicle. Once the samples are returned to our lab we process the DNA into a long term storage medium and store it in a climate and humidity controlled area.

    How much does it cost?

    Fluffy 2.0 is priced to be accessible to the average pet owner. The price for the standard sample kit is $79.99 and includes lab processing of the sample and 1 free year of storage. Additional years of storage are also affordably priced at just $20 per year. Fluffy 2.0 is very inexpensive compared to other tissue based DNA banking services, which can cost in excess of $2000 to process your sample and then hundreds of dollars more per year for storage fees.

    How easy it to use a buccal swab?

    Very easy. Anyone can successfully take a cheek swab from their pet and send it in. It is quick, easy and, most importantly, stress and pain free for your pet. Compare that with a blood or tissue sample, where you must take the time to drive your pet to the veterinarian. When you get there, your now stressed pet must be taken in by a technician, have a needle stuck into a vain and blood or tissue sampled. What is worse, the vet will normally charge you for the privilege of sticking them with a needle!

    How long can DNA be preserved?

    DNA samples can be preserved for decades.

    Who owns my DNA cell line after it has been preserved?

    You maintain complete ownership of your pet’s DNA sample after it has been processed.

    What if I wish to discontinue storing my pet’s DNA?

    You have complete control of your pet’s DNA and you may direct us to continue storing, to dispose of, or to dispatch your sample. If at any time you need your sample just contact us and supply us with your storage number, and we will mail it to you or your designated agent.

    Will the Fluffy 2.0 DNA collection cause my pet pain?

    Unlike tissue or blood collection, our DNA sampling method is painless to your pet.

    For what species does Fluffy 2.0 preserve DNA?

    Although the vast majority of our clients are dog and cat owners, we have the ability to collect and store DNA from any mammal.

    Can cloning be accomplished from any cellular material

    Not every part of an animal can be used for cloning, which is why Fluffy 2.0 collects the samples that we do. For example, teeth, bones, nails and so forth can not be used.

    When is the best time for collecting tissue

    The best time to collect tissue is today! It is best to establish a viable DNA cell line while your pet is healthy, strong, and alive! Waiting can be risky, and certain studies have shown that the younger your pet is when cells are collected, the better the chance that the cells will be viable.

    What is a clone?

    A clone is an identical twin. Clones have the identical genetic makeup (DNA) of their genetic donors.

    Why clone pets?

    Cloning is the ultimate reproduction and breeding technology. Pet owners routinely attempt to transfer desired traits from their exceptional pets through selective breeding. With luck their new puppy or kitten will exhibit desired genetic traits, and be of the preferred sex. Cloning removes the luck factor: clones are genetic duplicates, and of the same sex, as the donor pet!

    How is cloning accomplished?

    Cloning is accomplished through a process called nuclear transfer. Scientists remove the nucleus of a female oocyte (egg cell) and replace its nucleus with DNA from the genetic donor’s cells. The new cell is activated in the laboratory, begins to divide and forms an embryo. The embryo is then implanted into a surrogate mother for normal gestation and delivery.

    When will I be able to clone my pet?

    Currently there are only a couple of facilities that offer pet cloning—but at a cost of $50,000 and up! However, cloning technologies continue to improve and fall in cost each year. It is likely only a matter of time until cloning or replacement organ generation is inexpensive and commonplace. Fluffy 2.0 is intended to let you safely store your pet’s DNA until that time.

    Why not delay tissue collection until pet cloning becomes more common?

    Many animal owners cannot, or are not willing to risk the loss of their pet before cloning becomes a reality. Furthermore, some experts believe that cells taken from young animals may be more responsive to cloning.

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FLUFFY 2.0 TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SPECIMEN STORAGE

The signee of the Specimen Storage Enrollment Card (the “CLIENT”), on behalf of themselves and their pet (the “Pet”), engage FLUFFY 2.0, LLC, and its successors and assigns (“FLUFFY”) to store the Pet’s SPECIMEN (defined below) on the following terms and conditions (the “T&C”). The T&C is effective when FLUFFY receives the SPECIMEN and the signed Enrollment Card (the “Enrollment Date”).
1. Products and Services of FLUFFY. FLUFFY provides to CLIENT a collection kit for the collection of biological samples (the “SPECIMEN”) from the Pet. FLUFFY stores the SPECIMEN collected and delivered by CLIENT. FLUFFY stores the SPECIMEN in a secure, private, climate controlled storage unit (a “Unit”) until the earlier of (i) CLIENT gives written notice to FLUFFY to return the SPECIMEN and prepays the delivery fee if applicable (a “Delivery Request”) or (ii) the termination of this T&C. The SPECIMEN will initially be stored in Atlanta, Georgia and FLUFFY reserves the right to relocate the SPECIMEN at their sole discretion. This product and the services, and all materials and information in this product are provided "as is" and without warranties of any kind, whether express or implied.
2. CLIENT Responsibilities. CLIENT must complete and sign the Enrollment Card and collect and deliver the SPECIMEN to FLUFFY.
3. Term of T&C. This T&C will continue until the date one year after the Enrollment Date and will automatically renew for successive one year periods unless terminated pursuant to Section 11.
4. Fees for Storage. The first year of storage is included free with the price initially paid by CLIENT. CLIENT shall pay FLUFFY a fee for each subsequent year at the rate of $20.00 per year, per SPECIMEN (the “Annual Storage Fee”). The Annual Storage Fee cannot be changed unless CLIENT receives prior written notice. If the Annual Storage Fee is not paid within 60 days of the due date, this T&C is terminated and FLUFFY shall have the right to dispose of the SPECIMEN as they see fit.
5. Representations and Warranties of CLIENT. CLIENT represents and warrants that (a) CLIENT has had the opportunity to consult CLIENT’s own medical and legal counsel to review this T&C and CLIENT has carefully read and understands all of the provisions of this T&C; (b) and CLIENT understands the risks and uncertainties related to collection, preservation and possible future use of the SPECIMEN, (c) FLUFFY has made no warranties or representations about the efficacy, price and availability of cloning services at anytime in the future, (d) FLUFFY has made clear that it will not provide any service now or in the future related to cloning or the use of the SPECIMEN, and (e) CLIENT acknowledges that the SPECIMEN may not now or ever be utilizable.
6. Rights to SPECIMEN. If this T&C is terminated and CLIENT has not completed a Delivery Request for retrieval of the SPECIMEN within 60 days, CLIENT relinquishes all rights in and to the SPECIMEN and waives all claims to the SPECIMEN, and FLUFFY shall have the right, to utilize, transfer or dispose of the SPECIMEN.
7. Disclaimers. Neither FLUFFY nor any of its officers, directors, members, shareholders, executives, employees, agents or consultants have made any representations, guarantees, warranties or assurances, express or implied, to CLIENT regarding the success of the collection, transportation, preservation, storage or use of the SPECIMEN. CLIENT acknowledges the following express disclaimers and releases FLUFFY and the persons named from the same: (a) FLUFFY expressly disclaims any warranty or guaranty that the SPECIMEN will ever be of medical or other value, (b) FLUFFY expressly disclaims any warranty or guaranty that CLIENT will be able to collect a SPECIMEN, or that there will be sufficient volume of SPECIMEN for storage or subsequent use, (c) FLUFFY expressly disclaims any liability for any deterioration, loss or destruction of the SPECIMEN prior to receipt by FLUFFY or for damage to, or destruction or loss of, the SPECIMEN by the courier selected by FLUFFY to return the SPECIMEN, FLUFFY is not liable, (d) FLUFFY does not perform any medical or veterinary services, give any medical or veterinary advice, or otherwise perform any functions other than those expressly indicated; FLUFFY expressly disclaims any responsibility to provide any other services.
8. Limitation of Liability. CLIENT AGREES THAT FLUFFY’S LIABILITY FOR ANY LOSS, HARM, DAMAGE OR CLAIM OF ANY KIND IN CONNECTION WITH THIS AGREEMENT OR THE SERVICES PROVIDED BY FLUFFY SHALL BE LIMITED TO THE RETURN OF AN AMOUNT EQUAL TO ALL FEES PAID BY CLIENT TO FLUFFY. CLIENT AGREES THAT IN NO EVENT SHALL FLUFFY BE LIABLE TO CLIENT OR ANY PARTY FOR ANY PUNITIVE, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR SIMILAR DAMAGES OF ANY KIND, AND CLIENT EXPRESSLY WAIVES ANY RIGHTS TO ANY SUCH DAMAGES TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
9. Force Majeure. CLIENT AGREES THAT FLUFFY SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY LOSS, DETERIORATION OR DESTRUCTION OF ALL OR ANY PART OF THE SPECIMEN RESULTING FROM CAUSES OR CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND FLUFFY’S REASONABLE CONTROL, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO FIRE, FLOOD, EXPLOSIONS OR POWER OUTAGES, NATURAL DISASTERS, TERRORIST ACTS OR ACTS OF WAR.
10. Indemnification. CLIENT agrees to at all times and for all purposes be bound by this T&C. CLIENT indemnifies, defends and holds FLUFFY and their respective agents, employees, officers, directors, shareholders and affiliates (collectively, the “Indemnitees”) harmless from any and all claims, liabilities, demands and causes of action asserted against Indemnitees (collectively, “Claims”) by any person or entity.
11. Termination of T&C. This T&C may be terminated (a) by FLUFFY if CLIENT does not pay any fee within 60 days of its due date, (b) by either party upon 60 days prior written notice to the other party. If this T&C is terminated, CLIENT shall have 60 days to make a Delivery Request. All fees paid by CLIENT to FLUFFY shall be non-refundable. Sixty days after termination of this T&C, CLIENT waives all claims, and agrees that FLUFFY has no further liability to CLIENT or with regard to the SPECIMEN.
12. Arbitration. All disputes arising out of or relating to this T&C that persist after good faith negotiation will be resolved by arbitration by sending a written demand for arbitration to the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) and to the other party. The arbitration will take place in Atlanta, Georgia. All decisions of the arbitrator(s) are final, binding, and conclusive. Judgment may be entered upon the arbitrator’s final decision in any court having jurisdiction thereof.
13. Governing Law, Jurisdiction; Fees. This T&C is governed by Georgia law. Subject to the compulsory arbitration provisions of Section 12, any judicial proceedings brought against either FLUFFY or CLIENT under this T&C shall be brought in a court in Fulton County, Georgia. FLUFFY and CLIENT consent to the exclusive jurisdiction of the aforesaid courts. The prevailing party in any such proceeding will be entitled to its attorney’s fees, costs and expenses incurred.
14. Future Laws. The government may in the future change or adopt new laws and regulations affecting or restricting FLUFFY’s services. FLUFFY is unilaterally entitled to modify or terminate this T&C to the extent required by law without any liability or recourse to CLIENT.
15. Confidentiality. FLUFFY acknowledges the confidential nature of the information provided by CLIENT and agrees to use its reasonable best efforts to maintain the confidentiality of the information except as required by law or as permitted by this T&C.
16. Notice. Any notice shall be sufficiently given if delivered in person or sent by express mail or by registered or certified mail, postage prepaid. Notice to FLUFFY must be delivered to FLUFFY 2.0, LLC, at the address listed on their website at http://fluffy2.com/index.php/contact-us/ . Notice to CLIENT will be delivered to the address set forth on the Enrollment Form. CLIENT agrees to promptly notify FLUFFY in writing of any change in mailing address.
17. Miscellaneous. This T&C constitutes the entire agreement between FLUFFY and CLIENT and supersedes any prior agreements or understandings, oral and written. All provisions which by their terms require performance after the termination of this T&C will survive the termination of this T&C. If any part of this T&C is found to be invalid or unenforceable, such provision is deemed modified to the extent necessary to make it enforceable, and this T&C shall otherwise remain in full force and effect. No failure to insist upon or enforce strict performance of any provision of these T&C shall be construed as a waiver of any provision or right. Fluffy may assign its rights and duties under this T&C to any party at any time without notice to you.