The Sooam Biotech Research Foundation can reincarnate
your dead dog, a service that would delight pet lovers - for US$100,000.
These people have very a strong bond with their pets and cloning provides a psychological alternative
to the traditional method of just letting the pet go and keeping their memory.
They specialise in cloning cattle and pigs for medical research and breed preservation as well, particularly developing genetically-engineered animals for use as disease models.
But it is their dog cloning service that brings in the most customers: they’ve cloned almost 800 dogs since 2006, with their client base including princes, celebrities, and billionaires, as well as owners and agencies who want to replicate highly skilled rescue dogs.
The process starts with putting your dead dog in the fridge. Within about five days of your dog being delivered to the facility, a mature cell from the dog can be successfully harvested
, and copied; the DNA is then fused with a donor egg that has been stripped of its original genetic material.
The embryo from this process is then implanted in a surrogate mother dog. Two months later, your dead best friend is back to being a puppy.
Now the company is partnering with other researchers in an ambitious plan to clone a mammoth from frozen remains found in Siberia.