Pet-cloning lab in S. Korea starts military dog program

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Tong Tong, a dog that was cloned at the Sooam Biotech Research Foundation in South Korea, sits outside kennels housing other cloned dogs on Aug. 17, 2016. The foundation on the outskirts of Seoul clones pet dogs for $100,000 each, but sometimes ends up with extra puppies that need homes. Tong Tong was adopted by a foundation employee. Kim Gamel/Stars and Stripes
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Tong Tong, a dog that was cloned at the Sooam Biotech Research Foundation in South Korea, sits outside kennels housing other cloned dogs on Aug. 17, 2016. The foundation on the outskirts of Seoul clones pet dogs for $100,000 each, but sometimes ends up with extra puppies that need homes. Tong Tong was adopted by a foundation employee. Kim Gamel/Stars and Stripes

Pet-cloning lab in S. Korea starts military dog program

by: Kim Gamel | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: August 26, 2016
 SEOUL, South Korea — It takes a special dog to be a military K-9, and a South Korean scientist believes he has found a way to make sure there’s always a full supply – by cloning them.
 
The Sooam Biotech Research Foundation has started a pilot program aimed at replicating the crème de la creme of military and police dogs.
 
“We’re looking for the top 1 percent,” says John Brannon, a trainer in Pennsylvania working with Sooam. “Some dogs are genetically predisposed to be superstars.”
 
Sooam, on the western outskirts of Seoul, is best known for cloning pet dogs for the lofty sum of $100,000 each. Clients have included the crown prince of Dubai and a British couple who took home two puppies that are a genetic copy of their boxer Dylan earlier this month.
 
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