You can now clone your dog for just $100,000.

You can now clone your dog for just $100,000.
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You can now clone your dog for $100,000, which costs slightly more than going to a fancy breeder or paying those numerous shelter adoption fees (jk, go adopt a dog). Sooam Biotech, a South Korean company, offers the service to dog owners who can't imagine loving anything other than the exact same dog over and over again. Sooam is located in a suburb of Seoul, not on a remote island laboratory. They use somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT), the same procedure that created Dolly the sheep, the first cloned animal in the world. Skin cells from the deceased dog are injected into a donor egg which has had its DNA removed. To use human reproductive technology terms we know and understand, it's a little bit like in-vitro fertilization with a surrogate mom.

You can now clone your dog for just $100,000.
Attack of the clones.
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Two years ago, Paula and Phillip Dupont paid to have their dog Melvin cloned. Melvin was one of those once-in-a-lifetime dogs, apparently, and they had two puppies cloned from his DNA before he passed away. The clones are Ken and Henry, and the Duponts are thrilled with them. They acknowledge that there are subtle differences between both dogs, but insist that they are quite similar to the original Melvin. Having the clones helped aid in their grief when Melvin passed, and that's what drives most of the requests for dog clones at Sooam Biotech.

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Man's best friend better be your best friend if you're willing to drop $100,000 on a psuedo-resurrection. Hopefully, no future dog clones become zombies that turn on their owners, because international law is a bit unclear on how you return a vicious and defective clone to South Korea.

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