Digital Trends reports that scientists from southwest China’s Yunnan Province have launched a program to clone a skilled police dog. The dog, described as the “Sherlock Holmes of police dogs,” will be mass-produced for China's police.
Last week, Beijing-based Sinogene Biotechnology Company and the Yunnan Agriculture University announced that they have successfully cloned the dog. The clone, named Kunxun, is now three months old. Kunxun will now go through training, and graduate to an official police dog when he hits 10-months of age.
Full training of a police dog takes about five years, and the training is a risky investment because since there is no guarantee that the dog will be good at the work. The company hopes to mitigate these risks by mass-producing a police dog with a proven record.
This work is not unprecedented- the first cloned dog was created in 2005 by scientists in South Korea. Cloning has been used for both official and consumer purposes since then.