Monday, 14 April 2014

Mini Winnie - Britain's first cloned dog

Britain's first cloned dog has been born after a West London cook won a £60,000 contest to have her pet reproduced.

Rebecca Smith's 12-year-old dachshund Winnie was cloned as a puppy - called 'Mini Winnie' - in a laboratory in Seoul, South Korea.

Ms Smith, 29, has had Winnie since when she was 18 and says the pet helped her overcome bulimia.

"Winnie is the best sausage dog in the whole world. She is desperate to be cloned because the world would be a better place with more Winnies in it," she said.

After winning the competition, a sample of Winnie's skin tissue was taken and stored in liquid nitrogen before being transported to South Korea.

In Seoul, her cells were put into eggs from a donor dog of the same breed. A spark of electricity then created a cloned embryo which was transferred into a surrogate dog.

Mini Winnie was born via caesarean from a mongrel dog much bigger than itself and weighed just over 1lb.

"I saw it being born and it looks exactly like Winnie," Ms Smith said.

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