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Researchers from the Seoul National University have claimed they have been able to clone both female and male dogs

A former co-worker of now disgraced South Korean scientist Hwang Woo-suk yesterday claimed that he has successfully cloned a female dog.  According to Lee Byeong-chun, a veterinary professor at Seoul National University, an Afghan hound named Bona was born on June 18.  Two more of the same breed were born later, according to Lee.  DNA tests have reportedly shown that all three of the female dogs are clones of one another.  Scientists used 167 reconstructed embryos which were implanted into 12 surrogate mothers to produce the three dogs.

Snuppy, the first male cloned dog, was also created by Seoul National University researchers in 2005.

Scientists have stated that dogs are one of the more difficult animals to clone due to their complex reproductive cycles.  Researchers now hope that the cloned female and cloned male dogs of the same breed will be able to reproduce.  Lee said:  "This is being done to advance medical research and it is not yet intended for people to clone their pets."

The findings have been published in the Theriogenology veterinary journal.

Lee served a three-month suspension from the Seoul National University for his role in a stem cell controversy that surrounded Woo-suk's demise as a scientist earlier this year.  Lee is currently on trial on charges of misappropriating research funds during the scandal.





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