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Clone your beloved Snookums for a mere $150k

Cloning is a subject of much debate here in the United States, therefore, we don’t hear of the cloning of animals by American scientists much. However, the process of cloning animals is done in other countries.

A Korean company called RNL Bio is working with the scientists who cloned the first canine named Snuppy.  The company is offering to clone deceased pets for the tidy sum of $150,000. A company spokeswoman says that the first customer, Bernann McKunney from California, has already signed up to have her dead pit bull cloned.

McKunney says she is particularly attached to the dead animal because it saved her life during an attack by another animal. RNL Bio says that ear tissue from the dog was preserved at a U.S. biotech lab before the animal’s death and that there is about a 25% chance of being able to clone a new animal from this tissue.

The actual cloning of the animal will be done by Seoul National University and led by veterinary professor Dr. Lee Byeong-chun.

Lee worked with the disgraced Hwang Woo-suk who was found to have falsified his research. Lee was in court many times alongside Hwang for allegations of misappropriating funds and was suspended for three months during the stem cell scandal.



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Yeah right...
By Xodus Maximus on 2/15/2008 4:49:43 PM , Rating: 4
A trip to the pound and some spray paint, and I can "clone" one too. Its not like there are alot of labs prepared to verify the dna of animals to make sure that they are in fact cloned. Sounds like a sucker's bet to me.

Oh, and did anyone else first read the headline as "Korean film will clone your pet", either my eyes are tired or you guys need a better font, either way I laughed at myself.




RE: Yeah right...
By allies on 2/15/2008 8:55:01 PM , Rating: 1
A sucker's bet? Just thought that I'd point out that Seoul National University is a VERY well renowned school... I doubt they're going to be ripping people off $150,000.


RE: Yeah right...
By KristopherKubicki (blog) on 2/16/2008 1:28:03 PM , Rating: 3
On the other hand, they did harbor a professor that faked human cloning ... hmmm


RE: Yeah right...
By daar on 2/17/2008 10:52:22 PM , Rating: 2
To be fair, that professor could still have made a possibly bigger and more useful (unwittingly as it may) find than human cloning, if the method can be repeated successfully:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hwang_Woo-Suk#Parthen...

And on that same vein, it's not like any of our renown institutions are free from hiring errors;

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/03/31/harvard_pr...


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