Go Ahead! Clone!!
23 Dec 2014
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It was in 1996 that ‘Dolly’ was first cloned and this brought about a whole dimension to the world of scientific research. We have definitely come a long way from Dolly Add a line about Dolly. In fact, Sooam Biotech Research Foundation has found a way for pet lovers to have their dog cloned, and keep their memories alive.
Researchers at the Sooam Biotech Research Foundation, North Korea, can now clone your dog at a hefty price of $100,000 and help to keep your beloved pet with you. The researchers use the same process in cloning that was used to clone Dolly. First the scientists take a few cells from the deceased pet and reprogram it to put the DNA to sleep. Then, using a tiny suction needle, the dormant cell is taken and injected into another dog cell that has been emptied of its nucleus or command center. The cell is further coaxed to fuse and if it works, the cell is implanted inside a surrogate mother. After the stipulated gestation period, the surrogate mother will give birth to a puppy that looks just like yours, though not 100% identical.
Since 2006, the lab has cloned more than 400 dogs and has also picked up their pace, producing about 15 puppies a month. Even though there is an ethical dilemma that has been attached to cloning, scientists at Sooam hope to use the technique to replicate far more than just people’s deceased pups, including long extinct animals.
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