At the request of a heartbroken Japanese dog owner, The Sooam Biotech Research Foundation (SBRF) has recently produced a pair of healthy puppies cloned from an odd-eyed dog, which died of cancer.
“Somatic cells of the dog, a Siberian Husky, were taken last year in Japan and the cloning work was started this May by SBRF scientists,” said professor Hyun Sang-Hwan at Chungbuk National University.
The image above depicts the canine clones of the dead Siberian husky. If you look closely, you will notice the dog on the left has the “odd eyes” of the donor, while the dog on the right has normal eyes.
The cloning involved cells, which were extracted from the dog when it was alive in June of 2009. These cells were utilized to create the clones
“The dead dog’s left eye was white, but in the case of the cloned one with odd eyes, its right eye is white. This might contribute to research on genetic disorders…We learned that puppies cloned from a cancer-suffering dog can be free from nature’s most-feared killer. We need to monitor them with regard to whether they will contract cancer later on,” Hyun said.
This cloning was the very first time that a Japanese client has asked for it specifically. The process has already been done in Europe and other parts of the world.
Hyun’s expertise in dog cloning has created Snuppy, a unique dog to say the say the very least.
Here’s to you, Snuppy.
(Clink of glass)