Dog cloning demand soars in China as grieving owners ‘turn to lab-grown pets’

Dog cloning demand soars in China as grieving owners ‘turn to lab-grown pets’


Owners are stumping up around £45,000 to create copies of their pets.

Chinese company SINOGENE says it uses a lab to remove the cells from a dog’s egg and then transplant cells from another dog.

The eggs are then placed into wombs of surrogate mothers, reports NHK.org.

In one case, Xiao Bing and her mother took their dog Kandou to the clinic to obtain cells before sending them to the lab.

They will have to wait only 10 months before they receive a cloned version.

Dog cloning demand soars in China as grieving owners ‘turn to lab-grown pets’

EXPERIMENT: A cloned dog at the SINOGENE lab (Pic: REUTERS)

Xiao says the thought of losing Kandou, who is elderly and showing signs of ageing, will be too much to bare.

However, she does acknowledge it will not be the same dog.

The company currently says it is targeting 100 to 200 orders this year.

Its goal is to then receive 300 to 500 annually, and believes it will increase as awareness soars.

Human cloning is illegal in most countries, although fears remain this may one day be violated.

Cloned dogs

SCIENCE: Yakutian Laika puppies cloned and raised by NEFU (Pic: REUTERS)

Cloned dog

LAB: A researcher holds a cloned dog in South Korea (Pic: REUTERS)

It comes as science continues to make increasing waves in the laboratory.

Earlier this month, it emerged scientists had formed the first-ever human-monkey hybrid.

Researchers, led by Juan Carlos Izpisua, grew the monkey with human cells by splicing genes together.

They said they aborted the process off allowing the creature to have grown and have been born.

Izpisua said: “We are now trying not only to move forward and continue experimenting with human cells and rodent and pig cells, but also with non-human primates.”

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