Awhh or Odd? You Decide!
There have been a large number of animal stories in the news the last few days. I am not sure how to feel about this one. On the one hand you have a dog who was a 9/11 rescue hero. On the other hand you have five identical cloned puppies. I can’t help but wonder what the implications of this story will be. What does it lead to? Is cloning necessary science or just humans pushing the boundaries to see how far we can go. Will the dogs live normal lives? Will they be healthy? Will they have a normal life span? In the end I do love the hero angle and the cute puppies. I just hope the puppies don’t suffer for science. Anyway, here is the story so you can form your own opinions.
Five Puppies Cloned from 9/11 Hero Dog
By Amy Jamieson
James Symington is about to find out whether you can clone heroism.
The retired Canadian police officer – who took part in the rescue operation after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks in New York City – is scheduled to take possession Wednesday of five puppies cloned using DNA from his beloved late German shepherd Trakr, the rescue dog credited with finding the last survivor in the smoking rubble of Ground Zero.
Symington, who won the opportunity to have Trakr cloned in an essay contest last year, first met his new pups in an emotional encounter on June 14.
“They’re identical – down to the smallest detail,” Symington said in a statement released by BioArts International, the California company that arranged the intricate cloning procedure. “Few dogs are born with exceptional abilities – Trakr was one of those dogs.” Symington said that if the puppies have the same abilities as Trakr, he intends to put them to work as search and rescue dogs.
Trakr died in April at the age of 16. The actual cloning using his DNA took place at the Sooam Biotech Research Foundation in South Korea and was led by Dr. Hwang Woo-Suk, who produced the world’s first canine clone in 2005. The goal was to create one clone, CBS News reported, but five genetically identical puppies resulted from surrogate pregnancies. The first of the pups was born on Dec. 8 of last year and the last arrived April 4.
Thank You For Your Consideration,
The Graham Ten