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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Cloned Puppies: Sure, They're Cute, But at What Cost?

Bernann McKinney from the United States received five pit bull puppies
-- copies of her late pit bull, Booger -- from South Korean biotech firm
RNL Bio in what it calls the world's first commercial canine-cloning service.
Photo: Jin Han Hong/AP

When skin cells from a dead pit bull named Booger gave rise to five healthy-looking puppies with a $50,000 price tag, it marked the formal beginning of a commercial dog-cloning industry.But for all the attention given to these and other clones, little was paid to the behind-the-scenes science.

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