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Korean University To Distribute Puppies Of World’s First Cloned Dog

In STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on September 8, 2009 at 1:28 pm

Korean University To Distribute Puppies Of World’s First Cloned Dog

Yes, we know, this is not the type of story we usually follow. The truth? It is apparently a first even if, in itself, the event does not advance the cause of stem cell research. Seoul National University (SNU) said the nine dogs were all fathered by Snuppy, an Afghan Hound cloned by disgraced scientist Hwang Woo-suk in 2005, who, as it turns out, may have gotten some important things right without knowing it. According to a team led by George Daley at Harvard Stem Cell Institute, Hwang may have managed to create stem cells solely from human eggs, without fertilization with sperm. This breakthrough is possibly much more valuable than his original false claims about his work.

“Unfortunately,” said Daley, “at the time they published their work they did not know what they had done so they had mistakenly isolated these parthenogenic embryonic stem cells and misrepresented them as true clones.” The Daley team concluded that it is possible Hwang and his team managed to pull off the world’s first human case of parthenogenesis, or ‘virgin birth’, a conclusion that would seem to suggest that even with good research it’s preferable to know the meaning of what has been accomplished.

via Stem Cell Research: Korean University To Distribute Puppies Of World’s First Cloned Dog.

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