Skip to comments.Cloned sniffer dogs on the job at South Korea customs agency
Posted on 07/21/2009 1:47:00 AM PDT by JoeProBono
South Korean customs authorities say they have successfully turned a group of cloned Labrador retrievers into world-class sniffer dogs. To create the ideal customs dogs, a team of Seoul National University scientists, led by researcher Lee Byung-Chun, cloned a successful Canadian sniffer dog in 2007.
Lee was a former colleague of Hwang Woo-Suk, the scientist who was disgraced when his claims about his work with human stem cells were proved false. But Lee severed ties with Hwang in 2006, according to the Agence France-Presse. Seven cloned puppies were born, and six completed the 16-month training program to become sniffer dogs. (The seventh had to drop out of the training program due to injury.)
Three of the six Labradors that completed the training program have now reported for duty at South Korea's main airport, Incheon International Airport. The other three are assigned to customs checkpoints in Incheon and two other cities.
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I’d like to see a genetic analysis of those dogs DNA before I’ll admit that they’re cloned.