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Owner pays $55,000 to clone his dog

The Chinese biotech company Sinogene told CBS News the cloning market is growing fast because animal owners want their pets to be in their lives longer.
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Pet owners in China can clone their four-legged best friend, but it comes with a hefty price tag.

CBS News reports a dog trainer in Beijing paid more than $55,000 to clone his prized pooch, Juice.

Juice was a regular on movie sets in China and stared in both film and TV productions, CBS said.

Juice’s owner says he is a piece of intellectual property with fans and a social influence.

Juice was neutered and couldn’t have puppies, so scientists took a skin sample from him, isolated his DNA, and then fertilized an egg from a surrogate mother dog.

Juice’s owner says the cloned pup, called Little Juice, looks just like his beloved canine did when he was little.

The Chinese biotech company Sinogene told CBS News the cloning market is growing fast because animal owners want their pets to be in their lives longer.

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