A South Korean company says it has taken its first order for the cloning of a pet dog. A woman from the United States wants her dead pit-bull terrier – called Booger – re-created.
The company is charging the woman, from California, $150,000 (£76,000) to clone the pit-bull using tissue extracted from its ear before it died. The work will be carried out by a team from Seoul National University, where the first dog was cloned in 2005.
RNL Bio says this is the first time a dog will have been cloned commercially. The firm is expecting hundreds more orders for pets over the next few years, with the cost of cloning a dog likely to come down to less than $50,000 as cloning becomes an industry.