Pet lovers can now CLONE their cat for £29,000 from a Chinese biotech firm

Mail Online | 8/21/2019 | Tim Collins For Mailonline
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Pet owners in China hoping to cheat death could soon have their wishes fulfilled as scientists in the country claim to have cloned a cat for the first time.

A kitten named Garlic was born inside the laboratories of Sinogene Biotechnology Company in Beijing, according to reports in state-owned media.

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The British shorthair was born 66 days after an embryo was implanted inside a surrogate mother, Sinogene claimed during a press conference.

It means that, when a beloved pet dies, an exact copy can be created to replace it - and the firm hopes to one day pass on characteristics like personality and memories.

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'My cat died of urinary tract disease. I decided to clone him because he was so special and unforgettable,' the cat's owner Huang Yu told Chinese media.

While the practice of cloning pets seems benign, experts fear that such genetic tinkering could be a sign of things to come for people.

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Garlic's cloning means the company can now offer cat cloning services to the public in China.

It is expected to cost 250,000 yuan (£30,000 / $35,400). The company also offers a dog cloning service, costing 380,000 yuan (£44,000 / $54,000 ).

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A number of cat owners have already come forward to request the service, the firm claims.

Garlic and the cat it came from appear identical but their personalities do differ, Sinogene's chief scientist and a research fellow at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lai Liangxue, told the Global Times.

He added that...
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