When a British couple lost their beloved boxer to cancer in July, they did something unusual: They paid a firm to clone new pets from the deceased dog's DNA.
The happy result was two new puppies, from two surrogate moms, The Guardian reported.
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The couple, Richard Remde and Laura Jacques, paid just shy of US $100,000 (67,000 pounds) to a South Korean firm, Sooam Biotech Research Foundation, for the procedure. The firm is the world's only commercial dog-cloner and has produced hundreds of dogs, wrote The Guardian.
In such procedures, DNA from the deceased animal is inserted into an egg that has no nucleus, and then the egg is implanted into a surrogate mother dog.
The site notes that the DNA from the "dad" - a boxer named Dylan - was collected two weeks after his death, setting a new longevity record for successfully cloned material used after death. Sooam Biotech's home page advises potential customers that they have 5 days in which to extract live cells.
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The puppies, named Shadow and Chance, seem to be in good health thus far and their owners are thrilled, telling the Guardian their births are "a miracle."
via The Guardian