Copy cat: Chinese firm creates first cloned kitten

Garlic's owner said he hoped the character of the kitten clone would be like that of the original cat
Garlic's owner said he hoped the character of the kitten clone would be like that of the original cat

Seven months after Huang Yu's pet cat Garlic died, the British shorthair was given a 10th life.

Born on July 21, the new Garlic was created by Chinese firm Sinogene, becoming the Beijing-based company's first successfully copied cat.

The pet-cloning outfit has made more than 40 pet dogs—a procedure that costs a hefty 380,000 yuan ($53,000), while the price for a cat comes in at 250,000 yuan ($35,000).

Mi Jidong, the company's chief executive officer, told AFP that despite the high price tag, not all clients were high earners.

"In fact, a large proportion of customers are young people who have only graduated in the last few years," he said.

"Whatever the origin of pets, owners will see them as part of the family. Pet cloning meets the emotional needs of young generations."

Huang, 23, was overjoyed on first seeing Garlic's second incarnation, saying the "similarity between the two cats is more than 90 percent".

"When Garlic died, I was very sad," said Huang. "I couldn't face the facts because it was a sudden death. I blame myself for not taking him to the hospital in time, which led to his death."

The happy owner says he hopes the personality of the new Garlic is as similar to his old white-and-grey cat as its appearance.

The cost of cloning a cat comes in at 250,000 yuan ($35,000)
The cost of cloning a cat comes in at 250,000 yuan ($35,000)

With a growing pet market in China, and a huge appetite among their owners for spending, Mi thinks the market for pet cloning is also set to rocket.

According to a report by Pet Fair Asia and pet website Goumin.com, pet-related spending in China reached 170.8 bn yuan ($23.7 billion) in 2018.

And the country's scientists have big aspirations for their next cloning challenge, working on the theory that if cats can be cloned, so can pandas.

Chen Dayuan—an expert at the Chinese Academy of Sciences who has been researching giant panda cloning for 20 years—said there could even be scope for cats to give birth to cloned baby pandas, which are smaller than baby cats despite their large size when fully grown.

Pet cloning is illegal in many countries but approved in countries including South Korea and the US, where singer Barbra Streisand announced last year she had cloned her dog.

  • The pet-cloning outfit has created more than 40 pet dogs
    The pet-cloning outfit has created more than 40 pet dogs
  • Pet cloning is illegal in many countries but approved in countries including South Korea and the US
    Pet cloning is illegal in many countries but approved in countries including South Korea and the US

The first major success in animal cloning was Dolly the sheep, born in Britain in 1996 as the first mammal cloned from an adult cell.

In 2005, researchers in South Korea cloned the first dog. The Sooam Biotech Research Foundation in Seoul says it has cloned some 800 pets and charges $100,000 each.


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Sep 05, 2019
Although I have absolutely nothing against the concept of generic engineering or cloning, what the hell is the point of cloning a pet? If someone wants their pet cloned then rather rush to clone it and charge him a fortune to do so, I suggest he should be advised to first visit a psychiatrist to first discuss his motives and desire to clone his pet as to want such a thing wouldn't be rational. Hopefully the psychiatrist will then convince him he would be just wasting his money paying to have is pet cloned and make him no longer desire his pet to be cloned and if he has lost his pet then it would be better to get a new replacement pet via more conventional and cheaper means.

Sep 05, 2019
If you clone a pet that has died then, no matter how much the owner wants to believe that clone is his loved pet resurrected, it isn't. Its not mere genes that makes one individual different from another. The real solution is to treat the emotional problems of the pet owner so that he accepts reality, not clone the pet to just pander to his delusions. Always better to learn to be strong and emotionally deal with harsh reality than learn to be weak by hiding harsh reality from oneself with happy delusions.

Sep 05, 2019
The Unphysical Cat

The billion Yuan moggy
Why not
If you have the readies
And your moggy has become this unphysical cat
You can at least have on this earth
Part of your pet, that is now part of this unphysical cat

For now
Our moggies
Are truly

The Unphysical Cat

https://scx1.b-cd...wner.jpg

Sep 05, 2019
I dunno, properly treated a kitten will grow into a good cat. It ain't gonna be the same, but it's pretty close. I'm not sure I see what the big deal is.

Sep 05, 2019
I think my current cat is perfect in all ways and I would consider cloning it if the price comes down in few years. I could maybe pay like 1000-2000 euros easily but over 10000 e, no way if I don't win a lottery or something.

Humy, people have extra money so why not? Pets can be as close as and important as human friends.

Sep 05, 2019
Instead of cloning a dead pet, maybe it would be more sensible to turn it into a hat. That way you can have your cat with you for the rest of your life, at least when it is not very warm outside.

Sep 05, 2019
Instead of cloning a dead pet, maybe it would be more sensible to turn it into a hat. That way you can have your cat with you for the rest of your life, at least when it is not very warm outside.

I like the pressing the ashes into a diamond idea more. Still, I prefer my cat alive.

Sep 05, 2019
I think my current cat is perfect in all ways


Perfect cats make perfect deaths, why mess with that? What is the people's problem with pets dying, cars breaking and phones shutting off forever? Even Gondwana went into pieces, and it was a continent!

Sep 05, 2019
I don't see that the problem is my cat dying. It's just that if I ever want a new cat, I would want it as similar as possible to my old cat.

I hate to give up on certain devices and items too if they have served me well and I have a lot of memories affiliated to them. For example, I have used the same quilt/blanket for over 20 years and many of my girls have hated it but the blanket stays.

Sep 05, 2019

Humy, people have extra money so why not? Pets can be as close as and important as human friends.
If your (human) friend dies, would you want to pay for a clone of him?

Sep 05, 2019
Knowing my friend, he would be delighted to become a symbol to piss off our good ol' "Thou shall live as we wish, whether it's legal or/and moral to fo otherwise, for we are right and you're wrong" people down here.

Sep 05, 2019
Solve global warming - outlaw all domesticated animals. They no longer serve a purpose. Surrogacy is unhealthy. Neuter them, let them run the streets with their own kind and die in freedom.

Sep 05, 2019
I think my current cat is perfect in all ways and I would consider cloning it if the price comes down in few years. I could maybe pay like 1000-2000 euros easily but over 10000 e, no way if I don't win a lottery or something.

It's only $25,000 to clone a cat here in the US. $50,000 for a dog though.

Sep 05, 2019
Solve global warming - outlaw all domesticated animals. They no longer serve a purpose. Surrogacy is unhealthy. Neuter them, let them run the streets with their own kind and die in freedom.

Oh, you sick puppy.
Loneliness has served your purpose, so well, you fostered my contempt. But, alas, I learn of all these people who are destined for disappointment, as they discover that personality cannot be cloned. Yet.

Sep 05, 2019
@otto
outlaw all domesticated animals. They no longer serve a purpose
dafuq?
since when?

Sep 05, 2019
@otto
outlaw all domesticated animals. They no longer serve a purpose
dafuq?
since when?
Well except for big ole german shepherds. But really, robots can protect your house without shedding all over the place or dying with all the drama. Who needs that? Buy something that doesnt look up at you all the time waiting for you to give it purpose.
It's only $25,000 to clone a cat here in the US. $50,000 for a dog though
Robots are lots cheaper than that.
Pets can be as close as and important as human friends
Perhaps without surrogates people would have more real friends. Pets aren't friends. Friends dont rely on you for food and shelter.

It's like ice cream. It's nice to have and all, but if it did not exist you would not miss it one_bit.

Sep 05, 2019
People did not domesticate animals to be their friends. They were always meant to be employees. Or if you will, slaves. Right there says something about whether pets are healthy or not.

Sep 05, 2019
People did not domesticate animals to be their friends. They were always meant to be employees. Or if you will, slaves. Right there says something about whether pets are healthy or not.

So, who killed your dog?
Oh wait....my blunder.

Sep 05, 2019
This Unphysical Cat
Requires
Everyone
Of these feline nine lives
Fortunately
Our moggies
Are truly
This Unphysical Cat

Sep 05, 2019
People did not domesticate animals to be their friends. They were always meant to be employees. Or if you will, slaves. Right there says something about whether pets are healthy or not.

So, who killed your dog?
Oh wait....my blunder.


Otto the Nazi also has no problem with the Jews in Europe being sent to death camps and their skin turned into lampshades. Or being turned into slaves for the Third Reich, isn't that right, Otto?

Sep 05, 2019
Otto the Nazi also has no problem with the Jews in Europe being sent to death camps and their skin turned into lampshades. Or being turned into slaves for the Third Reich, isn't that right, Otto?

So deservedly harsh, when only subtlety has the minutest of chance in altering behaviour.

Sep 05, 2019
I still don't see what all the big whoop is about. If the cloned cat is well treated, well fed, played with every day, and welcomed when it comes for comfort, and provides the added benefit of killing vermin in the home, where's the problem? And after you pay $10,000 or so for your cat, who's gonna abuse it?

Sep 05, 2019
People did not domesticate animals to be their friends. They were always meant to be employees. Or if you will, slaves. Right there says something about whether pets are healthy or not.

So, who killed your dog?
Oh wait....my blunder.


Otto the Nazi also has no problem with the Jews in Europe being sent to death camps and their skin turned into lampshades. Or being turned into slaves for the Third Reich, isn't that right, Otto?

I am suddenly provoked by the thought, that the rumour is true. You know, the one where, each SS trainee was given a puppy to raise and then forced to kill, just to instil loyalty and resolve.
So, it was, you know who, who killed his dog.

Sep 06, 2019
@Otto
But really, robots can protect your house without shedding all over the place or dying with all the drama
except they don't exist... and tying an M-60 to a sensor allowing it to robotically spray an area that is triggered is frowned upon (I tried it at home)
Pets aren't friends. Friends dont rely on you for food and shelter
it's called Mutualism

Mutualistic relationships confer a number of benefits to the organisms in them, including protection and nutrition... and my "pets" are more than just protection. I have a seeing-eye dog (but I only really need her for driving or reading)

Sep 06, 2019
Mutualistic relationships confer a number of benefits to the organisms in them, including protection and nutrition... and my "pets" are more than just protection. I have a seeing-eye dog (but I only really need her for driving or reading)
-and of course we have self-driving cars so your dog no longer has to read Road signs for you.

No, mutualism created the domesticate but nowadays they're only good for fostering neurosis. Fashion statements. Cats killing endangered species. Pit bulls mauling old ladies in back alleys. That sort of thing.

Sep 06, 2019
@Otto
and of course we have self-driving cars so your dog no longer has to read Road signs for you
not around here - we can't even get the deer to use the crossing areas we spent all that money putting signs up in and they keep getting hit by google cars
nowadays they're only good for fostering neurosis
and killing vermin, protecting against wild animals or predators, etc
I see that is fostering health... but WTF do I know?
I'm a garden gnome with a penchant for survival
Cats killing endangered species
so do people
Pit bulls mauling old ladies in back alleys
and stupid neighbours trying to build meth labs in the yard or wild hogs tearing up the farm
Not all maulings are bad, IMHO

Sep 06, 2019
I still don't see .......

Oh, Da Schitebo, of course you don't. That impossiblity requires you extricating your head from where the sun ain't never gonna shine.

Sep 07, 2019
not around here - we can't even get the deer to use the crossing areas we spent all that money putting signs up in and they keep getting hit by google cars
haha funny
but WTF do I know?
Yeah I have often wondered this in the past.
and stupid neighbours trying to build meth labs in the yard or wild hogs tearing up the farm
Nice neighborhood.

https://youtu.be/vAfJG1PMjbY
-Better ways of doing everything.

https://youtu.be/LcjyKoRKSkw
https://youtu.be/gxUTl_xd9u0
-The cost of domesticates

Sep 07, 2019
@Otto
Nice neighborhood
the wilderness tends to frequently have a considerable number vermin and other parasitic organisms... kinda like PO or the internet
https://youtu.be/vAfJG1PMjbY
Mmmmm.... bacon
https://youtu.be/LcjyKoRKSkw
https://youtu.be/gxUTl_xd9u0
-The cost of domesticates
not really "The cost of domesticates" so much as the cost of idiot owners who thinks that because they live in the country their *special* animal should run free and live feral

We have an idiot here who was doing that and feeding their dogs raw, bloody chicken. those dogs killed a bunch of local farmers stock. those dogs did what they were trained to do by their idiot owner and suffered the consequence (they were delicious, BTW - LMFAO)

Sep 07, 2019
the wilderness tends to frequently have a considerable number vermin and other parasitic organisms...
Oh like detroit?
The cost of domesticates" so much as the cost of idiot owners who thinks that because they live in the country their *special* animal should run free and live feral
And I really think there is no way of preventing the eventuality of feral animals, no matter how conscientious their owners want to be. Similarly i dont think it's right to keep these animals locked up or in chains.

I was visiting my sister. Me and my niece were going to take their shepherd for a walk. I made the mistake of opening the door before the leash was on, and woosh! he was off. Took an hour to round him up.

You could tell that that animal was miserable being locked up and desperate to run free. He actually circled around and came back on his own, as if to show that he would do this. But in THAT neighborhood he would have been picked up.

I feel their pain stumpy.

Sep 07, 2019
@otto
Oh like detroit?
Yes, and DC, NYC, LA, etc
thank goodness all those places have such strict gun laws to keep us safe, right?
I feel their pain stumpy
I can relate

it's a balancing act, like being a parent - and I really wish I had something profound or insightful to share about it, but I don't (hard to imagine, right?)

I've decided that I'm training mine to attack trolls and deniers so when they go feral they'll always have a food source that no one will care about

Sep 08, 2019
I must say, I do like this new Cats movie
https://youtu.be/FtSd844cI7U

-Might be the first idiot musical I want to watch-

Sep 08, 2019
I must say, I do like this new Cats movie
https://youtu.be/FtSd844cI7U

-Might be the first idiot musical I want to watch-
maybe... I love music, but I've never liked musicals

I think West Side Story killed it for me

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