Dog Cloning in South Korea - Is it Worth it?

Ever wanted to clone your dog? Dr. Woo Suk Hwang, chief technical officer at Sooam Biotech in South Korea, can do that for you. Dr. Hwang pioneered the technique over eight years ago and his one of a kind company has now cloned close to 400 dogs, according to the Daily Mail.

John Woestendiek, the author of ‘Dog, Inc.’, a book about the dog cloning industry, says via the Daily Mail, “The practice is centered in South Korea because there are much lower ethical standards for the treatment of dogs than in Europe and the United States.”

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Woestendiek adds that some dogs used in the cloning process as egg donors or surrogate mothers are later sent back to the farms where they are killed and eaten.

The company has opened up a contest in the United Kingdom and the journey will become a documentary to be screened in the UK next year.

The process of DNA harvesting takes less than a day but will set you back about $100,000. An adopted dog from a shelter will set you back probably less than $100. With 5,500 dogs killed in shelters every day, can we justify cloning our favorite dog?

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