Shenzhen, China-based genomics institute BGI is genetically engineering micro pigs as luxury pets.
The micro pigs weigh around 33 pounds, about the same as a medium-sized pet dog. Priced at $1,600, they were originally created for medical research. Pigs are more psychologically and genetically similar to humans than rats or mice, but they are larger and thus take more resources to sustain in labs. Genetic engineers solved this problem my using gene editing to create micro pigs. The miniature pigs were so adorable and pet-sized that BGI soon began to market them as animal companions for eccentric animal lovers.
BGI says that it will use gene editing to produce different colors and patterns of the micro pigs to order.