Cloned Dog Snuppy Get Puppies
Saturday, 06 September 2008
Snuppy, the Afghan hound that was produced by cloning in 2005 have recently produced a litter of puppies by the laboratory, once headed by Hwang Woo-suk, who fell from grace in South Korea after two of his papers on cloning human embryonic stem cells were discovered to be fake. The Afghan hound impregnated two cloned bitches of the same breed through artificial insemination, a Seoul National University (SNU) research team said in a statement last week.
"This is the first time in the world that puppies have been born from cloned parents," team leader Lee Byung-Chun told AFP. One of the 10 puppies, which were born between May 14 and 18, died but nine others are healthy, he said.
"This shows the reproductive ability of a cloned dog," Lee said. Lee's team, which says it also produced the world's first cloned wolves, plans to carry out a similar breeding experiment with them.
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