Little Nicky pictured above (born October 17, 2004), was the first commercially produced cat clone. He was created from the DNA of a 19-year-old Maine Coon cat named Nicky who died in 2003.
Little Nicky’s owner, a North Texas woman named Julie (whose last name was not released) paid $50,000 to have Nicky cloned. The cloning operation was performed by the California-based company Genetic Savings & Clone, which later closed in 2006.
The Humane Society of the United States and other animal welfare groups denounced the cloning, saying that the $50,000 could have been better used to save some of the millions of animals euthanized each year. The cat showed no negative side effects from the cloning.
Booger is back.
An American woman received five puppies Tuesday that were cloned from her beloved late pit bull, becoming the inaugural customer of a South Korean company that says it is the world’s first successful commercial canine cloning service.
UK couple have dead dog cloned in South Korea. Laura Jacques and Richard Remde are first British customers of Sooam Biotech Research Foundation. Dec 2015
A British couple has flown to South Korea to await the arrival of two puppies due to be born over Christmas after having their dead pet cloned.
A Clone for Security
Four Years After Cloning, Drug-Sniffing Dogs Celebrate Remarkable Success in South Korean Airport.
Toppy is the name given to seven cloned Labrador Retriever dogs, born in late 2007 to three surrogate mothers. They were the world’s first cloned working dogs, and were used by the Korea Customs Service.
Each Toppy is a clone of a successful sniffer dog in Canada. The Toppy dogs needed 16 months of training to qualify to work for the South Korean Customs Service. Only 10-15% of dogs are genetically predisposed to being effective detection dogs.
Cloning to Save a Species
Only a few hundred Ethiopian wolves remain, in populations scattered across the country’s highlands
Clone for Fun!
Clone Your Horse for Profit
Dogs Cloned for War
Brannon holds Special Ops clones Ghost and Echo between bite-training sessions in Sharpsville, Pa.
Two Belgian Malinois puppies, cloned from the DNA of a dog that’s currently deployed with a unit of the U.S. Army Special Forces
Photograph by Thomas Prior for Bloomberg Businessweek
But of course, a clone is not the same dog. In fact, thanks to a cloned dog having different mitochondrial DNA from its genetic donor, they’re slightly less related than identical twins.
Snuppy (right), the first successfully cloned dog, is shown at 67 days after birth with Tai, the three-year-old Afghan hound whose skin cells were used to clone him. South Korean scientists at Seoul National University performed the cloning procedure, and Snuppy was born on April 24, 2005.
The US Humane Society
99 percent of cloning attempts fail
1,000’s of embryos
100’s of egg “donors”
100’s of surrogate mothers
Compassion in World Farming
Not just in the US.
Factory farming is the single biggest cause of animal cruelty. Compassion supporters have already improved the lives of millions of farm animals. But there is still so much more to do.
Many cloned farm animals are born with deformed organs and live short and miserable lives.
Getting ready for the cesarean that will deliver another cloned puppy into the world
Cloned embryos tend to be large and can result in painful births that are often carried out by Caesarean section.
Supporters of Hwang founded a company called Sooam Biotech where Hwang developed proprietary techniques based on a license from ViaGen’s subsidiary Start Licensing (which owns the original Dolly patent) and created cloned dogs for owners whose dogs had died, charging $100,000 a time Sooam Biotech was reported to have cloned 700 dogs by 2015 and to be producing 500 cloned embryos of various species a day in 2016
Surrogate mothers endure additional surgery to deliver the baby.
Remember Booger? He was 1 of 5. Pictured here with one of their surrogate mother dogs at the Seoul National Airport 2008. The poor mother dog doesn’t know puppies about to be whisked away.
What will happen to cloned pets who fail to meet expectations?