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2009-01-29 11:15:00

A South Korean biotech firm said on Thursday it has developed a new cloning technology that is expected to make cloning pet dogs easier and significantly cheaper. RNL Bio introduced the new method to clone dogs using stem cells derived from fat tissue that greatly increases the likelihood of a successful clone. Pet owners have been paying upwards of $100,000 to clone a pet dog, but RNL Bio says the newly efficient technique could drop costs as much as 50 percent. However, those interested in...

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2008-09-04 12:13:10

South Korean researchers said Thursday that the first cloned dog, has become a father after the world's first successful breeding involving only cloned canines. A Seoul National University (SNU) research team said Snuppy, the Afghan hound, impregnated two cloned bitches of the same breed through artificial insemination. Team leader Lee Byung-Chun said it is the first time in the world that puppies have been born from cloned parents. He said one of the 10 puppies born between May 14 and 18...

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2008-08-05 06:10:00

The first ever commercial cloning of a pet was carried out in South Korea, where five identical copies of Booger the pit bull terrier were created for an American client. The cloned puppies were created at Seoul National University's veterinary school using some of Booger's refrigerated ear tissue. The five puppies were born from two surrogate mothers on July 28, said Ra Jeong-Chan, CEO of RNL Bio which has launched a commercial dog cloning service in cooperation with the university...

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2008-07-17 12:50:00

Two South Korean labs are offering pet owners the chance to clone their dogs in hopes of bringing a beloved pet back to life, but the service will come at a high price. Both Seoul-based labs "“ one affiliated to RNL Bio Co and the other to Sooam Biotech Research Foundation -- sit within just 20 miles of each other, and both claim to be the only places in the world where pet owners can clone their pets at prices ranging between $50,000 and $100,000. However, pet owners haven't been the...

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2008-04-26 00:40:00

The country that created the world's first cloned canine plans to put duplicated dogs on patrol to sniff out drugs and explosives. The Korean Customs Service unveiled Thursday seven cloned Labrador retrievers being trained near Incheon International Airport, west of Seoul. The dogs were born five to six months ago after being separately cloned from a skilled drug-sniffing canine in active service. Due to the difficulties in finding dogs who are up to snuff for the critical jobs, officials...

2008-02-15 13:41:46

Booger, a dead Pit Bull owned by Bernann McKunney, may be brought back to life, or at least, "re-birthed." McKunney, who is from California, has put in an order with RNL Bio in South Korea to have her dog cloned. This is the company's first "commercial order", and it is costing McKunney $150,000. She was incredibly attached to Booger, due to the fact that he saved her life following an attack where another dog bit her arm off. Prior to Booger's death a year and a half ago, McKunney gave RNL...

2006-08-17 05:30:00

SEOUL -- Disgraced South Korean scientist Hwang Woo-suk has resumed his work on animal cloning, but will not restart research on human embryonic stem cells, his lawyer said on Thursday. Hwang is standing trial on charges of fraud and embezzlement for his team's research on stem cells. He left his lab at Seoul National University in December after a panel there said his team fabricated key data in papers once hailed as landmarks but since debunked. "Hwang has opened a biological research...

2006-06-28 11:10:00

SEOUL, South Korea -- The disgraced South Korean scientist who falsely claimed breakthroughs in creating stem cells from cloned human embryos plans to open a new lab and resume research next month, his lawyer said Wednesday. However, the move by Hwang Woo-suk to resume work on embryonic stem cells faces legal hurdles as he is no longer authorized to conduct such research in South Korea. Hwang has secured enough private funding to open a laboratory in Seoul early next month, said lawyer Lee...

2006-06-27 06:05:45

By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - Disgraced South Korean scientist Hwang Woo-suk will open a laboratory in Seoul next month to resume his work on animal cloning, and perhaps restart research on human embryonic stem cells, his lawyer said on Tuesday. Hwang left his post at Seoul National University in December after an investigation panel said in a preliminary report Hwang's team had deliberately fabricated key data in two papers on embryonic stem cells that were once heralded but now...

2006-06-20 06:50:00

By Lee Jin-joo SEOUL -- South Korea began the trial of disgraced stem cell scientist Hwang Woo-suk on Tuesday with prosecutors charging the man once hailed as a national hero with fraud and embezzlement. Hwang was indicted last month after prosecutors said he was the mastermind of an elaborate scheme to manipulate research results to make it look like his team had actually produced stem cell lines through cloning human embryos. His reported breakthroughs in stem cell research had raised hopes...