The new Garlic was developed by the Chinese company Sinogene on July 21 and became the first effectively reproduced cat of the Beijing-based company.
Forty pet dogs have been created till now by the pet-cloning outfit –the process of the cost is hefty 380,000 yuan which makes around $78,109, however, the cost of cat is 250,000 yuan which is $51,382.
Mi Jidong, Chief Executive Officer of the company, told AFP that not all customers were heavy earners despite the high price tag. Mr Huang, 23, was overjoyed when he first saw the second incarnation of Garlic, stating that the resemblance between the two pets exceeds 90%.
The pleased owner told that he hoped the newly created Garlic’s personality would also be similar to his ancient white-and-gray cat.
High expectations for the cloning of animals
Pet-related expenditure in China reached 170.8 billion yuan ($35.1 billion) in 2018, according to a study by Pet Fair Asia and pet website Goumin.com
Chen Dayuan, Chinese Academy of Sciences’ expert who has been investigating giant panda cloning for 20 years, told that there could even be room for cats to give birth to cloned baby pandas that, despite their big size when grown-up but are smaller in size than baby cats.
In many nations, pet cloning is considered illegal but endorsed in nations including South Korea and the United States, where Barbra Streisand, a singer, highlighted last year that she had cloned her dog.
In 1996, a sheep named Dolly was born in Britain which was the first important and successful animal cloning as it was the first mammal cloned with the help of an adult cell.
Exactly four genetically similar copies of Dolly were cloned after 11 years of the famous cloned sheep, Dolly, who had to go through illness and hence died in 2003.
South Korean researchers cloned a dog for the first time in 2005. Told by The Sooam Biotech Research Foundation that it had cloned almost 800 pets so far, costing $100,000 each.