July 1, 2022

Hwang back on the job, cloning dogs

Disgraced Korean stem cell scientist is making a professional comeback as a dog cloner

Hwang Woo-sukDisgraced Korean stem cell scientist is making a professional comeback as a dog cloner. Now working at the Sooam Biotech Research Foundation, he and his team cloned 17 Tibetan mastiffs, a rare breed, to fill an order from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The pups were born in April. No details were given of the success rate of the cloning (how many eggs were required to bring about a live birth). All 17 dogs were cloned from two dogs and six surrogate mothers were used. The foundation says that DNA tests by a separate institute have confirmed that all the dogs are true clones. ~ New York Times, June 20