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Snuppy’s puppies being offered as pets

DSC02429Offspring of Snuppy — the world’s first cloned dog — are being offered to the public by Seoul National University, where Snuppy was created in 2005.

The Korea Times reports that applications are being accepted, and the nine puppies will be given to good homes at no charge.

The puppies aren’t clones themselves, but are the offspring of Snuppy and two female Afghans that were cloned at SNU to serve as his girlfriends, and for research purposes — namely to determine whether two cloned dogs can produce pups the natural way, or at least through artificial insemination.

Snuppy became a father in May last year after impregnating the two female clones, named Bona and Hope. It was the world’s first successful breeding involving only cloned canines. One of the 10 puppies died after birth, but the remaining nine — six males and three females — remain healthy.

Lee Byeong-chun, one of the leaders of the team that created Snuppy, said the school will take online applications until Oct. 31 and offer the puppies to  pet owners for free after a screening process. Each dog will be spayed or neutered.

“We will look through the applications and give the dogs to owners who we believe are most capable of raising them,” Lee said.

Lee’s team used artificial insemination to impregnate the two cloned Afghan hound females with Snuppy’s sperm last year.

Lee collaborated with now-disgraced gene scientist Hwang Woo-suk in the creation of Snuppy in 2005. Hwang was fired from SNU in the following year after his work on cloned human stem cells was exposed as fraudulent.

Since then, both men have continued to clone dogs — Lee at SNU and Hwang at a private facility he opened outside Seoul in 2007.

Lee had also announced plans to mate the world’s first cloned wolf, born in 2006, with other cloned wolves. Those plans took a blow earlier this week when the world’s first cloned wolf, Snuwolf, was found dead in a Seoul zoo.

(Photo: By John Woestendiek)

Comments

Comment from Afghanhund
Time September 6, 2009 at 11:32 pm

It is with great interest that I have followed this cloning since I have been in afghan for many years. However from what I ca see or at least of what this picture looks like is that snuppy is non Afghan but the 2 bitch clones where Afghan. I do not understan why you would not at least try to stay within the breed for your follow up experiment. Also I do not favor cloning of any kind because of the immensly great potential for misuse and abuse.
My next question when you give these puppies away I sure do hope that they are spayed and neutered befor they are given to apotential new home because the potential for abuse again is grea because some sick individual will inadvertently think that he can make money out of this due to the novelty of it being a cloned dog and before you know it this puppies and up in rescue . So please do look at the lond term ramifications of your plans to give these puppies loving homes but be sure they are spayed ad neutered.
Sincerely
Marina

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