Thursday, October 24, 2013

Dog cloning to arrive in Britain

British dog owners are to be given the chance to clone their pet by a company which claims to have already recreated dozens of prized canines in the US.  

Woman pulled along by dog

But scientists warned that owners hoping to create a "carbon copy" of their favourite pet may be disappointed because, like identical twins, the clone will not be a perfect replica of the first. 

One British owner will be offered a genetic replica of their dog for free as part of the UK launch of the service, which usually costs £63,000. 

But scientists warned that owners hoping to create a "carbon copy" of their favourite pet may be disappointed because, like identical twins, the clone will not be a perfect replica of the first. 

Although they will share the same genetic code, differing conditions in the womb and the environment they are exposed to after birth will significantly change some characteristics, including aspects of the dog's appearance and behaviour. 

Experts also warned that cloning animals is extremely unreliable, only successfully resulting in a healthy specimen in one or two of every hundred attempts, and that making the cloning process reliable would be a "major achievement". 

But South Korean firm Sooam Biotech said it had never failed to produce a clone and would guarantee its work.

For the rest of the story: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/lifestyle/pets/10399876/Dog-cloning-to-arrive-in-Britain.html

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