A COUPLE are celebrating the birth of a cloned puppy after spending £67,000 to duplicate their dead pet.
New puppy Chance was born to a surrogate mother on Boxing Day after scientists used a ground-breaking procedure with DNA from the couple’s beloved boxer Dylan.
Laura Jacques, 29, and partner Richard Remde, 43, from Skipton, North Yorks, hailed the success as a “scientific breakthrough”.
It is the first cloning from an animal that had been dead for more than a week. Laura, who runs a dog walking business, said: “After they got him out I still couldn’t quite believe it had happened.
But once he started making noises I knew it was real. Even as a puppy of just a few minutes old I can’t believe how much he looks like Dylan. All the colourings and patterns on his body are in exactly the same places as Dylan had them.”
The couple were devastated when eight-year-old Dylan died from a heart attack six months ago.
They are the first British customers to take advantage of the pioneering work by Dr Hwang Woo-Suk and colleagues at South Korean firm Sooam Biotech to clone dead pets.
Scientists warned the technique had never worked for dogs who had been dead for more than five days.
But Richard still flew out with a skin sample taken from Dylan 12 days after he died.
Two embryos were created and another puppy is due tomorrow.
Laura, who has four more dogs and 11 other animals, said: “We’ve helped make a scientific breakthrough. Dog breeders are doing something similar but they are doing it for money which we aren’t.
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