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China: Scientists hope to bring DOG CLONING to a pet shop near you soon02:15

China: Scientists hope to bring DOG CLONING to a pet shop near you soon

China, Beijing
July 21, 2017 at 17:58 GMT -00:00 · Published

SINOGENE a Beijing-based laboratory has cloned the first ever dog through gene-editing technology - "Longlong" a three month old puppy was born in May and could be seen scampering happily in their laboratory, Friday.

The CEO of SINOGENE Mi Jidong said next they hoped to introduce the techniques to pet clinics in order to "make the technology commercial" and offer services to pet owners including ""New born" [cloning dead pets for the owners], "Hope" [keeping DNA for dead pets] and "Creativity" [bio-enhancement gene editing]."

The cost of cloning Longlong was 10 million yuan (1.26 million euros) but SINOGENE expect the costs to cut significantly in the near future. He was cloned from a beagle puppy "Apple" and has two brothers born to surrogates shortly after.

Mammals like sheep, cows and pigs have already been successfully cloned but dogs are considered as one of the most difficult mammals.

China: Scientists hope to bring DOG CLONING to a pet shop near you soon02:15
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SINOGENE a Beijing-based laboratory has cloned the first ever dog through gene-editing technology - "Longlong" a three month old puppy was born in May and could be seen scampering happily in their laboratory, Friday.

The CEO of SINOGENE Mi Jidong said next they hoped to introduce the techniques to pet clinics in order to "make the technology commercial" and offer services to pet owners including ""New born" [cloning dead pets for the owners], "Hope" [keeping DNA for dead pets] and "Creativity" [bio-enhancement gene editing]."

The cost of cloning Longlong was 10 million yuan (1.26 million euros) but SINOGENE expect the costs to cut significantly in the near future. He was cloned from a beagle puppy "Apple" and has two brothers born to surrogates shortly after.

Mammals like sheep, cows and pigs have already been successfully cloned but dogs are considered as one of the most difficult mammals.

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