A South Korean company is offering to clone pet dogs in cooperation with the scientists who created the world's first cloned canine, the company said Friday.
According to CBS, 'The client, Bernann McKunney of California, provided RNL with ear tissue from the dead dog, which she had taken and preserved at a U.S. biotech company before the dog died a year-and-a-half ago, said company spokeswoman Kim Yoon.'
Although the chances of successfully creating a clone are about 25 percent, Kim said, but scientists will keep at it until they are successful in each case. RNL is charging $150,000 for the clones, which clients pay only after they receive a new pet.
"Canines die faster than humans," an RNL salesman told reporter Celia Hatton, "but now, people can have the same dog for their whole lives."
To clone a dog, Hatton says, scientists need a perfect DNA sample to start with, and the new dog may not act exactly as the old one, even though they'd be genetically identical, since personality is only partially determined by genes.
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