A British husband and wife applied cloning technology to their lifeless canine. The pooch that is a £67K clone of the former dead dog just might make it into the history books.
Laura and Richard received a gift in the form of a puppy this Christmas. But did you know that it was actually a cloned smaller form of their dead dog. The cloned puppy’s name was Chance.
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This is the first example of a puppy that has been cloned from the DNA of a dog that died a fortnight ago. All previous examples of cloned puppies were taken from live dogs.
The dog that the couple had was a boxer and they had named it Dylan. It contracted a brain tumor and died a few months ago.
“I had had Dylan since he was a puppy,” Laura Jacques told the Guardian. “I mothered him so much, he was my baby, my child, my entire world.”
Dylan was only 8 years old at the time of his death. Richard traveled to a South Korean lab with the dead dog’s DNA. The couple had heard of pet cloning and they wanted to explore the issue further. As a couple, they just couldn’t lead a life without their pet dog.
In fact, the level of sadness was close to suicidal in the two human beings. The first sample taken to South Korea failed. A biopsy from Dylan’s abdomen was taken and this was about two weeks after the canine’s death.
The process cost $100,000 and this is the first time that a sample from a long-dead animal took shape as a look-alike clone.
“After they got him out I still couldn’t quite believe it had happened. But once he started making noises I knew it was real," Laura Jacques told Telegraph.
“Even as a puppy of just a few minutes old I can’t believe how much he looks like Dylan. All the colourings and patterns on his body are in exactly the same places as Dylan had them.”
Mr Remde, said: “I was much more overwhelmed with emotion at the birth than I expected to be.”
The South Korean agency, Sooam Biotech Research Foundation, has cloned some 700 dogs up until now. Now finally the time lag between the death and cloning of the dog is so long that it defies the imagination.
The time extension is visibly a sign of progress for genetic engineering. Cloning is where we have taken one step closer to the future. In order to clone an animal, a sample of material is taken from the cheek or abdomen.
This is converted into a culture from the DNA of the animal. Then this is injected into the unfertilized eggs of a substitute dog. Approximately two months and a week later, the litter is on the way.
“This is the first case we have had where cells have been taken from a dead dog after a very long time,” David Kim, a scientist at Sooam, said. “Hopefully it will allow us to extend the time after death that we can take cells for cloning.”
While we are entering controversial grounds with cloning, all great discoveries and inventions are ridiculed in the beginning and then accepted grudgingly.
Finally, they are raised on the pedestal since they have become the coinage of the age. Great advancements in science and technology have always faced stiff opposition from the ignorant crowd of bigots.
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The couple is now happy to have a look-alike biological offshoot of their beloved dog that died and left them sad and dejected. It is almost like Dylan lives on in the shape of his clone.