First in the World, Chinese scientists have successfully cloned a dead cat
It was heartbroken by Huang Yu when at the end of last year his British Shorthair cat named Garlic died at the age of 2.5. He also made the decision to clone his cat. Huang Yu also asked Cue Sinogene, an animal cloning company located in Beijing, China. The company has cloned more than 40 pet dogs, including the world’s first police puppy. To realize Huang Yu’s wishes, Cue Sinogene’s company uses
somatic cell cloning techniques. This is a relatively new technology and is a challenge in itself to clone cat.
“The reproductive and physiological characteristics of cats are different from most animals. Cats are not animals that experience spontaneous ovulation. They are one of the few animals that stimulate ovulation,” said veterinarian Shi Zhensheng as reported by IFL Science, Friday (06/09/2019). “This special cat reproduction cycle and animal cloning technique is quite difficult. This operation is complicated and we did it. This marks China’s major step in the field of cloning,” he added.
After nearly a year of testing, they were finally able to transfer the embryo to a replacement cat that was pregnant for 66 days. Garlic 2.0 was finally born on July 21, 2019 through normal birth and all genetic originated from somatic cells from the dead Garlic. Experts say they have been watching the new Garlic for almost a month, and report that Garlic is in good physical condition and is no different from other kittens naturally.
AFP reported, Huang Yu had to spend more than Rp 491 billion to get Garlic back. But for Yu, it was appropriate to restore Garlic’s life. “I will still call him Garlic because I always feel this cloned kitten is a continuation of Garlic’s life,” said Huang Yu in an interview with Cue Sinogene. Yu may still miss Garlic, but a new cat with the same gene will make him more comfortable. “I think the intentions of people to clone their pets will be different. Each cat is an independent individual and has his own personality,” said Yu
Just last year, Chinese biologists successfully cloned two monkey monkeys in native primate species clones. In addition, researchers are trying to clone furry mammoths and experts from Siberia are trying to clone preserved 40,000-year-old foals. Cloning of domestic animals can have other applications as well, such as cloning endangered animals to increase and efficiently manage populations and curb disease, according to Cue Sinogene. The company plans to try to clone postal horses and pigeons in the near future.