Cloning Contest Seeks Worthiest UK Dog

Puppy lovers in the may soon get a chance to extend their dog years, thanks to an odd new contest: A South Korean company wants to clone the most beloved U.K. pooch — again raising ethical questions about the practice of .

Headed by a former stem-cell researcher named Woo-Suk Hwang, the has been and other animals for years, mostly for U.S. customers. Now, in an effort to expand into the British market, the lab has asked U.K. canine owners to submit a 500-word essay, along with photos and videos, demonstrating why their best friend's genes should live on, Sooam researcher wrote in an email to LiveScience.

The chosen dog owner gets 70 percent off the usual $ 100,000 price tag for replicating Rufus. [10 Things You Didn't Know About Dogs]

Cloning Fido

The process then follows the now-established outline for animal cloning: Sooam researchers will perform a biopsy to extract a viable skin cell from the dog, inject DNA from that cell into another dog's egg cell (one that has been emptied of DNA) and implant the resulting embryo into the womb of a surrogate canine mother.

When successful, the process births a cloned puppy about two months after implantation, Sooam's website says. That “successful” part usually takes several attempts, though —

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  1. Hi 3dogs! Cheers for this. Great post. I’m a new reader to your blog so I thought I’d just drop a quick thanks.

    • rhino2960
    • June 4, 2013

    this reminds me of one of my pets from when i was little, in the dead of winter when i was 6 or 7, my mum stopped the car on a dirt road because she saw a group of dogs chewing on something, she got out and went to see what it was, and she came back with a near frozen stiff tabby kitten. We took him home, got him warmed up, and fed him, we had him for a few weeks before his owners came to claim him. three months later, he showed back up at our front door, half starved and frozen…

    • KonaFocus
    • June 4, 2013

    All she wanted to do was get on the scooter and get home! Happy to see she was found.

    • rhino2960
    • June 4, 2013

    he had spent those months walking nearly 50 miles, back tracking and found us, the next time his owners came calling we didnt give him back, we named him Mr. P and he lived to the ripe old age of nearly 12 years old. RIP my boy, you had a helluva walk

    • Joe Greenban
    • June 4, 2013

    That’s awesome.

    • HeavyMetalEvilien
    • June 4, 2013

    Needs Benny Hill music. 

    • farthead4321
    • June 3, 2013

    that dog needs more then a hot dog, more like some prime rib.

    • lionattackyoutobe
    • June 3, 2013

    In the end of video

    Sho Mei lost AGAIN ????

    • randtink
    • June 3, 2013

    Since somebody set off fireworks did she run off again? Man, if she did that sucks..

    • AverageAppalachian
    • June 3, 2013


    • EliteDonuts
    • June 3, 2013

    Ohhh I see

    • driftworld86
    • June 3, 2013

    man that’s one looooong a** distance of walking for a dog her size! hurray

    • driftworld86
    • June 3, 2013

    man that’s one looooong a** distance of walking for a dog her size! hurray

    • charlie wecker
    • June 3, 2013

    Fucking adorable!

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