Tossin' m'cookies over here. No words exist to describe this situation. Let's just pull a few quotes from the Genpets site:
"That's right, Genpets are not toys or robots. They are living, breathing genetic animals."
"We use a process called 'Zygote Micro Injection' which is quickly becoming a favourable method to combine DNA..."
"We've gone one step further by packaging the Genpets into plastic packages unlike any other. Each Genpet package has a fully functional heart rate monitor and Fresh Strip to better gauge the state of each pet while it lies in its hibernation state." mmm..."Fresh Strip."
I highly recommend keeping it away from sentimental, animal-loving kids given they only come in 1 or 3 year life spans, although they claim it to be "child-safe" (along with hypo-allergenic).