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Five little Boogers

  Here’s a photo of all five “Boogers” — the first puppies cloned from a household pet for a customer not associated with the biotech industry.

  Bernann McKinney, a California woman who says the original Booger saved her when she was attacked by another dog, then became her service dog, is expected to bring three of the dogs home in a month or two.

  The pups were unveiled at a press conference in Seoul, Korea yesterday by the company that cloned them, RNL Bio.

 ( Photo courtesy of RNL Bio)


Comment from Anne-n-Spencer
Time August 6, 2008 at 1:25 pm

OK, so they’re as cute as any other batch of newborn puppies, which is pretty cute. But what about Booger #3 from the left. That looks like a white blaze on his forehead. Boogers 1, 2, and 4 don’t seem to have that. Does that mean he washes out of the group??

Comment from Marie
Time August 7, 2008 at 2:56 pm

Good point, Anne. How do you explain that difference? Can clones be more like fraternal twins than identical twins? Is the fact that the DNA was used that makes it a clone or is it the fact that they come out identical that makes them a clone? What is the official definition?