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S Korea trains sniffer-dog clones

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posted on Apr, 22 2008 @ 10:49 AM
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S Korea trains sniffer-dog clones


news.bbc.co.uk

The world's first cloned sniffer dogs have begun training in South Korea.

Seven puppies have been created using cells taken from a labrador considered by customs officials to be their best sniffer dog.

The puppies were born last year after the country's customs service paid a biotechnology company to reproduce a Canadian Labrador Retriever.

Their handlers say they are already showing the same high level of skill as the original dog.

Only about 30% of naturally-born sniffer dogs make the grade, but South Korean scientists believe that could rise to 90% using the cloning method.

The puppies were born to three surrogate mothers after scientists used the nuclei of somatic cells from a sniffer dog called Chase. The state-funded project cost about 300m won ($300,000; £150,000).

A spokesman for South Korean customs said the pups have passed the first round of tests for behavioural patterns and genetic qualities and will report for duty in June after completing a second round of training.

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posted on Apr, 22 2008 @ 10:49 AM
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Wow I had no idea they were using cloning so much. I think they are opening a pandora's box that can't easiliy be shut.

What do you all think?

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posted on Apr, 24 2008 @ 10:19 PM
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I am in South Korea right now and I didn't even hear of this, I didn't think cloning was mature enough to create dogs that will live to be a good age.

Interesting story.



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