US woman celebrates cloning of 'precious Booger'
Five pit bull puppies from frozen dog's ear
South Korean scientists have performed the first commercial dog cloning, making five copies of a US woman's pit bull terrier called Booger.
Bernann McKinney flew to Seoul to meet the five puppies born late last month to two surrogate mothers. She paid $50,000 for five copies of Booger created from cells from the deceased dog's ear. The cloning was originally slated to cost $150,000. Booger was a service dog and McKinney said she would train some of the puppies to assist handicapped people.
On hearing of the dogs' pregnancies she said: “I am so happy with the successful cloning of my precious Booger. Thank God. I have prayed God to meet Booger again and He has finally responded.”
According to AFP, an emotional McKinney told a press conference in Seoul where the puppies were shown: "They are perfectly the same as their daddy. I am in heaven here. I am a happy person."
RNL Bio, which gained the exclusive licence for dog cloning from Seoul National University in June, performed the procedure. The company is taking legal action against a US firm for patent infringement.
The company said it could clone up to 300 dogs next year and was considering moving into camel cloning "for rich people in the Middle East". ®