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Puppy lovers in the United Kingdom may soon get a chance to extend their dog years, thanks to an odd new contest: A South Korean company wants to clone the most beloved U.K. pooch — again raising ethical questions about the practice of pet cloning.
Headed by a former stem-cell researcher named Woo-Suk Hwang, the Sooam Biotech Research Foundation has been cloning dogs and other animals for years, mostly for U.S. customers. Now, in an effort to expand into the British market, the lab has asked U.K. canine owners to submit a 500-word essay, along with photos and videos, demonstrating why their best friend's genes should live on, Sooam researcher Hanna Heejin Song wrote in an email to LiveScience.
The chosen dog owner gets 70 percent off the usual $100,000 price tag for replicating Rufus.
Originally posted by TrueBrit
reply to post by XxNightAngelusxX
I think that cloning ones pet against the possibility that the original might die, is a bloody stupid idea. For a start, here in the UK our dog and cat homes are FULL , on a pretty much constant basis, to overflowing with animals who have been either abused or not properly cared for. If one is missing a four legged companion, one has only to visit one of these fine establishments, and give ones heart to a new friend, one who already exists, and needs help.
I think cloning has its place in the present and future of science, technology, and maybe even society at somepoint, but this is not the way forward, not least because it ignores the needs of pre-existing animals, which no pet owner ought to be able to do without a sick feeling in thier gut.