Scientists to Clone ‘Hero Dog’ for American Woman
SOUTH KOREA – Seoul-based RNL Bio announced last week that they will be cloning a dog for Bernann McKunney, a California woman whose pooch died after an attack by another canine.
McKunney says she owes her life to Booger, her pit bull who died 18 months ago. Booger saved her life when another dog attacked, biting off her arm.
Before her dog’s death, McKunney had a piece of Booger’s ear preserved at an American biotech firm. That tissue will be the basis of Booger’s rebirth.
The cost: $175,000. The likelihood of success: 25 percent.
Luckily for McKunney, she won’t have to pay until her dog is successfully cloned.
The team set to clone McCunney’s dog is headed up by Seoul National University Professor Le Byeong-Chun, who was part of the team that faked results of human stem-cell cloning research more than a year ago.
Since working with RNL Bio, Byeong-Chun successfully cloned Snuppy, an afghan hound and a wolf.
This isn’t the first pet that’s been commercially cloned – although it is the first canine to be cloned for a private citizen.
The first was a cat, which was produced by a California company. It cost $30,000, but the company has since gone under.
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5 years ago
This is so stupid. This cloned dog is not going to be Booger. The personality could be very different even if it is a genetic duplicate. What will happen to this dog if it doesn't meet her hight expectations? Think of the lives of other dogs she could save with that 175,000.
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