China Clones Its First Cat For Man Who Struggled To Overcome Loss Of His Pet
By Yimin Huang, 06 Sep 2019
Many years have gone by since the world’s first cloned animal, Dolly the sheep, was born in 1996.
Now, China’s first cloned cat is here. It all started when Huang Yu, a cat owner, placed his beloved pet Garlic’s carcass in the fridge in hopes that scientists would revive it one day.
He contacted Beijing-based pet-cloning lab Sinogene, requesting the team to clone Garlic with a payment of US$35,000. The cloning was performed successfully, making Garlic 2.0 the first cloned feline in the country, according to The New York Times.
Garlic was cloned by taking skin cells from the dead cat and inserting them into eggs taken from other cats. Then, the eggs became cloned embryos through electrical impulses similar to the process of cloning Dolly. The 40 embryos were then placed into four surrogate mother cats. These resulted in three pregnancies and two miscarriages.
The one successful pregnancy led to the creation of Garlic 2.0. However, the new pet has a subtly different coat color, despite reportedly possessing the same DNA. Huang told The New York Times that he felt a bit let down.
Meanwhile, as China’s cloning technology grows, Sinogene is purportedly working on cloning a horse.
#CyberpunkisNow The kitten on the right is a clone of the deceased cat on the left - Garlic is a kitten cloned by Beijing-based company Sinogene Biotechnology for a customer.— ΜΔDΞRΔS (@hackermaderas) September 6, 2019
Sinogene is known in China for its dog cloning; this was their first cat. https://t.co/28cETDU7mj pic.twitter.com/Dy0NBHpbOu
[via Fast Company, cover image via Shutterstock]
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