We’ve posted before about people who clone their dogs (see here), but this is the first time we’ve been given such an up-close look at the cloned dog next to its genetic “parent.” A woman in England, Rebecca Smith, won the opportunity to have her beloved, 12-year-old Dachshund, Winnie, cloned by a company in South Korea. The process would normally cost more than $100,000.
A skin sample from Winnie was flown to Sooam Biotech Research Foundationin South Korea, where scientists implanted cells in a donor egg. After fertilization, the egg was implanted in a surrogate mother.
It’s a fascinating story that raises questions of ethics, heredity, and the desire to “replace” a beloved dog. What do you think?