October 17, 2011
Dr. Hwang Now Claims He Has Cloned Coyotes
A South Korean who fabricated research on human embryos now claims that he has cloned coyotes for the first time.
Dr. Hwang Woo-suk claimed he had cloned human embryos in papers published in academic journals in 2004 and 2005.
These claims made him a national hero temporarily and helped him gain government funds, but also inevitably send him to prison.
Despite his false claims, Hwang has had success cloning animals and succeeded in cloning the first dog in 2005.
Now Hwang says he and colleagues have successfully cloned eight coyotes using techniques he developed in the first dog clone.
"We injected a coyote's somatic cell into a dog's egg and produced a cloned embryo. The pups were born 60 days after we transplanted the embryo into the dog's uterus," he said in a statement.
The coyote cloned is a canine species found in North and Central America and is also known as the American jackal or prairie wolf.
"After six years of innovation, the success rate is now at 50 percent. We want to apply the cloning skills we acquired from working with dogs, to animals that are in danger of extinction," he said.
Hwang said the Sooam Biotech Research Foundation will raise the coyotes but will later donate them to zoos at home and abroad.