BioArts International Clones 9-11 Hero Dog – Owner to Receive Five Cloned Puppies June 17 in Los Angeles
Ex-police officer and certified search & rescue manager won contest to clone beloved pet Trakr, hero of 9-11 rescue efforts
Symington won the “Golden Clone Giveaway” contest sponsored by BioArts International in 2008, by writing to the company and explaining why Trakr was an ideal candidate for cloning. The company’s other dog cloning clients have paid an average of
BioArts International holds the sole, worldwide license for the cloning of dogs, cats and endangered species, and is partnered with Sooam Biotech Research Foundation of
“We received many very touching submissions to our contest, describing some truly amazing dogs,” says
Trakr was credited with hundreds of arrests and recovered more than
“Once in a lifetime, a dog comes along that not only captures the hearts of all he touches but also plays a private role in history,” Symington wrote in his winning essay in the BioArts contest to find the world’s most “cloneworthy dog.”
For his heroic efforts, Trakr was presented with an extraordinary service to humanity award by Dr.
At an emotional first meeting with the Trakr clones on
In order to clone Trakr, Dr. Hwang’s team replaced the genes in eggs from unrelated dogs with genes from Trakr, stimulated the resulting “couplets” to develop into embryos, then transferred the embryos to dogs who served as surrogate mothers. After normal pregnancies, they gave birth to puppies that are genetically identical to Trakr, the first of which was born
“9-11 was a terrible shock for Korean people as well as Americans,” said Dr. Hwang by email from
Other 9-11 rescue participants reacted positively to news of Trakr’s cloning.
“That hit led us to
BioArts International is a biotech startup based in the
SOURCE BioArts International