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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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By YanBiz on 12/19/2006 10:19:12 AM , Rating: 2
Perhaps my beloved companion will be able to be recreated in a few years.
I am curious as to what the behavior patterns would be with a normally conceived dog vs. a clone of the same dog.

Cloning is advanced science, and science is the future, it does not make sense that people view cloning and stem cell research as such a horrid practice, in my humble opinion I think that scientists should be fully backed by the government when researching such matters. Even if the people of the world have a problem with such things, it is still extremely important research. We are, after all, trying to better the planet and ourselves through research, science, and health care.
Just my opinions, feel free to comment

RE: sweet?
By straycat74 on 12/19/2006 10:47:28 AM , Rating: 2
There are ethical considerations to medical research. Take the research that Hitler had done in the concentration camps for instance. Experimenting on humans is unethical, but we could advance science and medicine. Are cloned people really people? How about the fact that adult stem cell research has produced better results than embryonic? Discuss.

RE: sweet?
By masher2 on 12/19/2006 11:04:44 AM , Rating: 1
> "Are cloned people really people?"

Why wouldn't they be? There are already millions of cloned human beings alive today...identical twins, cloned by Mother Nature herself.

RE: sweet?
By Lord Evermore on 12/20/2006 5:43:23 AM , Rating: 2
That's not a valid comparison to some people, because twins are "natural" clones, and referring to "mother nature" is idol worshipping, and twins are created because God wanted it to happen, but doing it in a lab is a violation of his will. Since you know, the Bible is very clear that you shouldn't fiddle with DNA and try to improve people's lives. People who believe that are like middle of the road, with us on one side, and the other side being people who think everything we do is pretty much a sin against God.

RE: sweet?
By Lord Evermore on 12/20/2006 5:48:44 AM , Rating: 2
Cloning is advanced science, and science is the future

Some people are afraid of change. Some are afraid they'll lose the power they have that is based on present-day technology. And some people think the future is coming too fast. Or they think we've already gone too far than is good for our collective physical and mental health and overall wellbeing. Or have done things that God didn't intend and for which he will eventually punish us (rather than saying "oh, I should have been more clear, maybe actually intervened and let you know in person instead of having some guys in robes and big hats tell you once I saw that you weren't sure of the veracity of the message, you shouldn't have done that, I'll try to warn you better from now on, sorry about that lightning").

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