Couple Spends $100,000 to Clone Deceased Dog, Gets 2 Puppies [VIDEO]
Losing a pet is hard, and most of us would do anything to get them back. This couple took it one step further and cloned their deceased dog.
Laura Jacques and her partner Richard Remde of Skipton, England, just celebrated the birth of their first cloned puppy, Chance, on Boxing Day. The second puppy, Shadow, was born on Sunday.
The decision to clone their deceased dog, an 8-year-old Boxer named Dylan, came when he died of a heart attack after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. Devastated by the loss, Jacques and Remde reached out to a South Korean company, Dooam Biotech Research Foundation, who offered the controversial commercial dog-cloning service for $100,000.
Sooam Biotech Research Foundation boasts that it is the "leading laboratory in the world for dog cloning," utilizing a technique that involves DNA implantation into a "blank" dog egg from which scientists have removed the nucleus (which holds genetic material and gives animals their personality and characteristics). After new DNA has been placed into the egg, the egg is given electric shocks to generate cell division, and then implanted into a surrogate.
Sooam claims to have produced over 700 dogs for commercial customers.
Both Chance and Shadow appear to be healthy, content, and, not surprisingly, look just like Dylan.
"Once [Chance] started making noises I knew it was real. Even as a puppy of just a few minutes old I can't believe how much he looks like Dylan. All the colourings and patterns on his body are in exactly the same places as Dylan had them," said Jacques.
Jacques and Remde are both aware of how controversial the cloning procedure is. However, Jacques is optimistic this is something more people want to have done in the future.
"It is a controversial topic and there will be more people who don't agree with it but there will be loads of people that would love to be able to do it," said Jacques.