If there is one thing that we don’t like about having a pet dog, it’s the inevitable fact that they will probably leave this earth way ahead of us. A dog’s average life span is around 10 to 13 years, a tiny fraction of ours. But with the help of modern technology, scientists have found an answer to this problem, and that is cloning.
In South Korea, Sooam Biotech Research Foundation is leading the way in cloning dogs, and they have cloned over a thousand furry pets to date. All they need is a sample of the tissue of a live dog or a pup that has died not more than five days ago. They extract the genes from your favorite pet and use it on a surrogate mother.
However, it should be noted that cloning your dog wouldn’t come cheap. The cost of bringing your deceased pup back to life is $100,000. That’s a lot of money to spend on bringing your dog back, but for some, it’s a small price to pay for them to mend the heartbreak of losing their beloved pooch.
Dr. Sarah Chan, a bioethics expert from the University of Edinburgh, explained that people misunderstood what cloning is. The clients believe they have the exact same dog, but they don’t. What they are holding in their arms is another dog who shares the same genes as the ones they just lost.
Apart from private clients, Sooam Biotech also caters to the government. They are tasked with cloning the most-skilled military and police dogs so that their superior genes would be maximized. A sniffer dog trainer from Korea named, Kevin Chan, shared that the cloned dogs make the process easier.
Usually, puppies selected to become sniffer dogs have a 30 percent success rate, but with the cloned dogs, they have a success rate of 80 percent. Despite all the protests about cloning, the results speak volumes about how vital it can be to private individuals missing their dogs, and to the government as well.
Credits: DW News