In Beijng, China, a laboratory is breeding genetically designed dogs with medical disorders for research. According to CNN, the puppies are genetically identical, and it is likely they will become sick and die at a young age, as they are only being cloned for medical research.
Scientists claim that dogs have similar inheritable diseases as humans, making them excellent disease subjects to study. The method using puppies has become extremely controversial since the news has spread quickly through social media. There are no animal cruelty laws for animals used for testing in China- thus the dogs will spend their lives in cages as test subjects.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals in China contends computer modeling and using human tissue samples is just as precise and effective. Researchers will initially study heart disease in the dogs and as relates to humans. The puppy, named Longlone has been ill since birth – which is what was intended as the scientists study more into the diseases of the heart and its possible cures.
Longlone is the world’s first dog cloned from a gene-edited dog. The company called Sinogene has cloned two other puppies. As of this date, the dogs have not shown any symptoms of atherosclerosis, a blood-clotting disorder, but they are being closely monitored.
Animal advocates state the money used for funding such research should be used to help homeless pets rather than create more animals – imagine the millions of dogs and cats and other companion animals that could be saved instead of being euthanized? Somewhere scientists have to create a balance between animal welfare and scientific experiments at the expense and suffering of the pets who most humans call part of their “families.”
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