A research team at Qingdao Agricultural University in Shandong province announced they successfully cloned a cat using a technique known as somatic cell nuclear transfer. Researchers said cloning cats can help in studying animal diseases, developing new drugs and protecting endangered species.

The white-and-black baby cat, born on Dec 24, weighed 75 grams and was named Ping’an by researchers, meaning peace and safety. While cloned cats might be interesting, we still have plenty of ordinary cats that need homes too so hopefully people will adapt one of these cats rather than clone a cat for their next pet.

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