11:49 24 October 2013
Scientists from South Korea are giving one Briton the chance to clone their pet pooch for free.
Insung Hwang, director of the UK Dog Cloning Competition at Sooam Biotech, said: ‘We can clone any breed, size or shape of canine and are coming to the UK to offer this process to the owner of one very special dog.
‘We welcome entries from any UK-based dog owner who wants to benefit from this exciting new advance in biotechnology.’
The process, which will take two months, involves the use of skin cells of the dog and cutting edge technology. A biopsy is taken from a living dog, which is then replicated to create a man-made embryo.
The whole process usually costs around £63,000 but aim to get the ball rolling by offering one for free.
The Korean scientists have claimed that they have already cloned at least 400 canines around the world.
The winner of the contest will be taken to Seoul in South Korea to see the cloning first hand. The process will be filmed as part of a Channel 4 documentary to be aired next year.
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