od.>> This is Juice, the canine wonder. He's a local celebrity staring in dozens of Chinese movies and commercials. The little pup next to him is his clone.>>
>> Juice has a lot of fans, so he's a piece of intellectual property with social influence.
We wanted to maintain his image going forward.>> Nine year old Juice's neutured at a young age. So when his owner animal trainer,He Jun, wanted his legacy to carry on, he turn to cloning instead. Reuters Joseph Campbell met Juice and Juice 2.0.>> The original Juice was a stray dog found on the streets and it was a mut.
Most dogs chosen for cloning these days are pure breds, so this was more of a challenge for Sinogene.>> Sinogene is China's first biotech company to provide pet cloning services. They made headlines last year when the successfully cloned gene edited beagles. And for about $55,000, half the price of what it would cost in South Korea, He was able to get his very own clone of Juice.
After collecting skin samples from Juice's lower belly, it only took a few weeks for the company to isolate his DNA, and prepare a fertilised egg containing his clone. It took several tries on different surrogate beagles, but one was successfully impregnated surgically in August. Sinogene says its cloning business is only in its initial stages, but the company expects a boom in the near future.
>> Cloning here exists in kind of a grey area. There aren't specific laws designed to curb it but speaking to the CEO of Sinogene, you said that the government, he feels is quite supportive.>> The new puppy was handed over to He at a small ceremony where original Juice was able to meet his clone for the first time too.
>> My friends all say this is the most expensive mut there is. So we'll definitely be taking a lot of care in raising him.>> Clone Juice is now just over two months old. And his owner says with every passing day, he looks more and more like himself.