South Korean Lab Helps UK couple by cloning puppies
What a gift this British couple is going to get on Christmas who has travelled to South Korea to witness the birth of two puppies cloned from their dead dog. Laura Jaques and Richard Remde have become the first couple in the UK to use the dog cloning services offered by the Sooam Biotech Research Foundation, South Korea.
The two puppies with identical DNA will be born over the Christmas period. The controversial company, which has created more than 700 dogs, charged enormous £67,000 to clone a single pup. Jaques and Remde said that they came to know about the clinic in a documentary and instantly decided to clone their much loved dog, Dylan.
Jaques said that they had Dyland since he was a puppy. “I mothered him so much, he was my baby, my child, my entire world”, affirmed Jaques. Remde said that it would be like five Christmases coming all together at one time. “I couldn’t believe it. We were shocked and ecstatic, my legs turned to jelly. They said that the first puppy was due on Boxing Day and the second one a day later”.
The cloning process involves extracting DNA from a recently died animal and implanting it into an egg whose nucleus has been removed. It is then implanted into a surrogate mother. As per the labs website, live cells can be taken from dog up to five days after it has died. The website also suggests ways on storing dead pet in your fridge as your prepare to take up the procedure.
The cloned animals will have the same DNA as the original dog and would also shares many of its traits. David King, a scientist at Sooam, said that the puppies are historically significant as DNA has been extracted from Dylan 12 days after he died.
According to the DailyMail today, A British couple are awaiting the birth of two puppies cloned from their dead pet dog at a cost of around £67,000. Laura Jacques and Richard Remde have flown to South Korea to a laboratory which offers the service over Christmas. They first contacted the Sooam Biotech Research Foundation, which has pioneered pet cloning after Miss Jacques’ boxer, Dylan died of a brain tumour in June.
‘We were shocked and ecstatic, my legs turned to jelly. They said that the first puppy was due on Boxing Day and the second one a day later.’
The The Guardian notes that, The couple’s boxer dog, Dylan, died in June, leaving Jacques bereft. “I had had Dylan since he was a puppy,” she said. “I mothered him so much, he was my baby, my child, my entire world.”
Sooam, the leading laboratory in the world for dog cloning, has produced more than 700 dogs for commercial customers. The technique involves implanting DNA into a “blank” dog egg that has had the nucleus removed. The egg is given electric shocks to trigger cell division and is then implanted into a surrogate female dog.
In other news TheSun reported, Laura, of Yorkshire, said Dylan’s death left her “in total shock”. She added: “I see it as Dylan’s puppies but they will have 100 per cent his DNA — not just 50. Scientists put Dylan’s DNA into a donor egg which was implanted into a female dog.
He had been dead for 12 days when the couple took a skin sample to the firm, but were warned the technique had never worked from bodies that old.
“There will be people who don’t agree with it, but there will be loads that would love to be able to do it.”
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