The cloning process is involving the science of genetics and biotechnology in copying the genetic information and creating an exact replica of the original one. What we usually see in sci-fi movies, where cloning of humans is done as the main story or even as a plot twist is now a reality. China has come up with cloning of one’s pets which comes with heavy costs. They have successfully cloned many dogs and made it their thing.
Now, the Chinese have expanded their cloning process, with the inclusion of a new category of animal. Cats, cats are now to be cloned too. The first-ever cloned kitten is expected to be born in the early months of the new year, 2019. The second largest category of pets that are widespread now has got a spot in the cloning process.
The company named, Sinogene, is responsible for such cloning of animals. The company is a Beijing-based biotech company, which is using the same technology and process that was used to clone Dolly, the sheep. The first ever successful cloning in man’s history. Dolly was cloned 20 years ago.
A technique similar to the cloning of Dolly is applied in the creation of the kitten. The kitten is expected to be born by March 2019. The company, Sinogene, offers the service facility of cloning of dogs for the cost of $55,117 Dollars. Which economically translates to Rupees 38,45,265. And, 379122 Chinese Yuan.
So far 10 dogs have been cloned and there are 10 others who are in their gestation period, soon to be delivered. The process of cloning a dog takes about six to ten months. The biotech firm hopes for huge profits and huge scope for expansion in this cloning business.
The manager of Sinogene company, Zhao Jianping says, “Even though they are not totally the same as the original pet, the clone still offers strong emotional sustenance for their owners”.
A sample of a tissue of the pet that is to be cloned is taken within a week after the pet’s death or even comfortably when it is alive. The nucleus of the donor animal’s egg is replaced with the selected one and then the embryo is set to gestate in a surrogate animal.