A biotech company called Sinogene became the first company in China to clone a cat. Sinogene says their next move will be copying the memories of the original animals and transferring them into the cloned ones via animal-machine interface.
Pet-cloning, the new big industry
Until recently, it cost you S Class Benzo money to clone your pet. The price has now dropped to RAV4 range – Sinogene charges you about $35K to clone a cat. China has more than $73M pet owners and no shortage of millionaires with big-spending habits and most importantly for pet cloning companies, there are no governing laws covering animal cloning. So it’s really a wild wild west situation out there.
How wild, tho?
Attempting to clone souls level of wild. Apparently and not surprisingly when you think about it, being biologically identical doesn’t mean the cloned pets will behave the same way. Barbara Streisand, who cloned her dog Samantha told NYTimes last year that “you can clone the look of a dog, but you can’t clone the soul”.
Sinogene sees this not as a philosophical question in the spiritual realm but as a market opportunity. Because…why would you settle for peddling mere physical copies when you can upsell the option of soul-cloning and charge more $$$.
Can souls be copied?
Sinogene is trying to see if AI and animal-machine interface tech can extract memories from the original animals and pass them to cloned pets. Of course it’s not clear if they even have the technology to do it but where do we draw the line, though? China has been pretty reckless with biotech recently as evidenced with their genetically-engineered human babies so it’s hard to give them the benefit of doubt when it comes to bioethics. It doesn’t seem like they care, either, as long as the money potential is there.
Global Times, the paper that first broke this story, is run by China’s communist party. Wanna know what the main focus of their headline was? “Chinese gene firm clones cat, sparking wide consumer interest.”
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