By Cherryy Chauhan
While most of us mourn, sob or pretty much just get over the loss of our beloved pets, a Yorkshire based couple took the getting over phase to a whole new level. Boldly opting for the road less travelled, Richard and Laura decided to pay homage to the death of their dearest dog by bringing his very own clones into the world.
Why did they decide to clone him?
Back in June 2015, Richard and Laura’s dog, Dylan died due to a terrible heart attack which left the happy couple bereaved with an overwhelming feeling of loss and heartbreak. Richard recalls Dylan as not only their pet but a longtime friend and companion and says that he had been taking care of him since he was just a puppy.
The idea of cloning might be superficial and unethical to some but Richard and Laura had no second thoughts while freezing the body of their dead dog. The freezing was incessant in order to preserve his cells, which later on will be used for cloning the boxer dog.
How did the cloning actually happen?
The couple then got in the touch with one of the world’s most successful biotech research lab that has built up quite a reputation for its “dog cloning procedures”. Sooam Biotech Research Foundation offers dog cloning services for $100,000, roughly estimating to INR 67 Lakh, which is a pretty good deal if you are a “can’t ever get over my dog” person.
The procedures were quickly brought into action and the couple performed the gallant task of collecting the DNA of the dog themselves by thawing him out completely. The efforts almost went to waste when none of the pregnancies were confirmed at Sooam Biotech, but soon enough the second sample of DNA was brought into the lab and the cells began to grow of which the results were remarkable.
What happened, next?
The surrogate gave birth to two of Dylan’s clones, Shadow and Chance. The birth of these two clones was not only uplifting for Richard and Laura but was also glad tidings for the scientific world which successfully accomplished the cloning of a mammal even after 12 days of its demise. Cloning of dogs was first done in 2005, but the cells were that of a living dog.
The question then arises, why spend hundreds of thousands of dollars when you could just adopt a dog from a nearby shelter? There isn’t shortage of any. Come to think of it, this particular case of cloning seems more or less a case of denial. But! That’s just one person’s opinion. So why don’t you let us know how you feel about Richard and Laura’s decision of cloning their pet and whether or not you would do the same for your pet too.
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