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Clone Your Dog?

Clone Your Dog?

The Sooam Biotech Research Foundation in South Korea can clone dogs. The cost though, is about $100,000. Still, some consider the chance to maintain a relationship with their dog past the natural lifespan to be worth the very hefty price.

“There was something special about her, as if we knew each other for a long time,” said one man who cloned his dog, Wolfe. (Source: BakersfieldNow)

“Cloning technology is possible at Sooam for any dog no matter its age, size, and breed. Sooam not only performs dog cloning research, but we also heal the broken hearts,” says the Sooam Biotech Research Foundation.

The technique used there is similar to the one that produced the sheep clone named Dolly. The process is somatic cell nuclear transfer, where genetic material from the nucleus of a donor adult cell is inserted into an egg nucleus, which has had its genetic material removed. This newly reconstructed egg containing DNA from a donor cell must be treated with chemicals or electric current for cell division to take place. The cloned embryo is then placed in a host for gestation and birth.

The cloning procedure at the South Korean facility doesn’t always go smoothly though. John Woestendiek, the author of Dog, Inc., said some of the surrogates are sent back to farms where they are used for food. Additionally, there are large numbers of animals in shelters in need of help, so spending $100,000 on one seems wasteful.

Ultimately it seems what these dog cloning stories might reveal is our unwillingness to experience life as it is, meaning the experience of change is about letting go. Emotionally what we experience as loss is very painful, but it helps us appreciate that death is a part of life, and life is constant change.

Image Credit: tanakawho, Wiki Commons
(Note: The dogs pictured above are not clones.)

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12:12PM PDT on May 3, 2013

ty

9:29AM PDT on Sep 12, 2012

no

2:08PM PDT on Jul 21, 2012

As much as I miss my former pets who are in doggie heaven if I had the money I still wouldn't do it the 100000 could be put to good use in a new no kill shelter.

6:41PM PDT on Jun 8, 2012

you are only getting the dna replicated, not the animals personality or love. cloning is unwise.. esp pet cloning! people cannot begin to grasp the enormity and implications that will come along with creating a life.

6:45AM PDT on May 1, 2012

I don't understand why anyone would want to clone a dog or a cat or whatever!!
That animal was special to you and you take away the special memories if you get a cloned one!! You will always be comparing and that is not fair to the new pet.

I think people who clone an animal have more money than sense!! That money could be better spent to help many more animals in a shelter!!! You could take home a new animal or two, and make NEW memories!!

2:32PM PDT on Apr 17, 2012

I wouldn't. Should my pet expire and I wanted another I'd got to a shelter and get another one and give that pet a loving home.

5:17PM PDT on Apr 15, 2012

I WOULDN'T!

5:41AM PDT on Apr 15, 2012

to Sally R. are you speaking for all of us? why don't you find a church and preach there!??!!???

12:21AM PDT on Apr 15, 2012

Thanks for the article.

1:28PM PDT on Apr 14, 2012

As others have said, you'll end up with a look a like pet, but the personality will be different. Unless the puppy has the same experiences of the original it will not grow up to be the pet we loved. Everything matters, even the personality of the mother, it's littermates, it's home environment, everything must be the same as it was for the original pet. This is a waste of money and shelter pets lives.

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