South Korean Lab Looks To Clone Drug-Sniffing Dogs

Drug-Sniffing DogsA South Korean lab that produced the world’s first clone dog is trying to get into the business of cloning canines. They will begin by first cloning drug-sniffing dogs.

The laboratory at Seoul National University has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Korea Customs Service to clone drug-sniffing dogs. The government funded lab is focused on cloning animals that provide services to humans such as guide dogs or dogs that help in law enforcement agencies.

The team has already obtained somatic cells from drug-sniffing dogs to start cloning them this month or in August. At the earliest, the puppies could be obtained by late this year.

The researcher who heads the cloning project said that there could be a possibility that they make look into cloning pets. But, at this time, there isn’t enough of a demand for it. It also is estimated that it would cost anywhere from $50,000 to $100,000 to clone a pet dog.

From msnbc.com:

Dogs are considered one of the most difficult mammals to clone because of their unpredictable reproductive cycle as well as difficulties in inducing ovulation and fertilizing eggs in the lab.

The team did produce the world’s first cloned dog in 2005, the Afghan hound “Snuppy,” which has been verified by independent testing. It has gone on to produce other cloned dogs and has cloned Korean gray wolves, an endangered species.

(Thanks Kam)

6 Responses to “South Korean Lab Looks To Clone Drug-Sniffing Dogs”

  1. catmom5 says:

    This just sickens me. There are a lot of wonderful dogs available that could be trained for this, and other service jobs. Why not save some of those rather than attempting to clone? I fear we are messing with things we ought not mess with . . . only bad things can happen.

  2. petslave says:

    This disgusting experiment is just more of the same from ‘leaders’ & their ’scientists’ trying to remake all of Earth’s life into a big machine for the use & convenience of humans. Most of us do NOT want it that way, but it seems like we are unable to stop all these genetic experiements. They are very widespread, unannounced & uncontrolled.

  3. Lynne says:

    Yeah, what Catmom said.

  4. vida says:

    This is sad and creepy, I can’t understand why they don’t simply adopt dogs and train them? Cheeper too, if all they care about is the money.
    And I can’t vouch for the science but from worldnet I read=

    “Cloning mammals has been thus far a dismal record of failures — dead, dying, and deformed clones, and threats to the health and life of the females bearing cloned fetuses,” Thomas H. Murray, PhD, president of the Hastings Center in Garrison, N.Y., told WebMD.

    “Dolly the cloned sheep is grossly obese, and probably not normal,” said Rudolf Jaenisch, MD. “Molly the cloned cow dropped dead in the field one day for unknown reasons.”

    Jaenisch, professor of biology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston and a pioneer in animal models of gene transfer, is concerned that clones could have subtle genetic defects showing up later, with tragic consequences like brain damage.

    “We can’t assess that in a sheep that just eats grass all day,” he said.

    Possible risks to the mother include the relatively gargantuan size of the fetus. Because of the clone’s excessive weight and a placenta seven times normal size, a cesarean section is always needed in cloned animals, Jaenisch explained.

  5. Katie says:

    I agree this is creepy and totally not needed. So many dogs that could be trained and probably would do even a better job.

    Between cloning, GMO’s, fake proteins, whole world new order; I feel like “Brave New World” is starting to happen.

    Katie

  6. Carol says:

    Yeah, Katie, you are so right. To put your words a slightly different way, we’d better be brave to live in this “New World” that is starting to happen.


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