We’ve all had at least one dog that we were so attached to we wished they had lived forever. For me, that was a Cocker Spaniel named Rusty. For Laura Jacques and Richard Remde of Yorkshire, England, that dog was a Boxer called Dylan.
It is always difficult after the passing of a beloved dog. We cry. We look at photos. We may bury or cremate him or her. Two weeks after Dylan passed away last June, Jacque and Remde decided to do something a little different and a lot controversial: they had the dog’s DNA sent to Sooam Biotech Research Foundation in South Korea to have Dylan cloned, CBS News reports. The couple reportedly paid almost $100,000 for the cloning of two puppies, using Dylan’s DNA. The first puppy, Chance, was born the day after Christmas, while the second puppy, Shadow, is due to be born on Dec. 29. Chance and Shadow are some of the first cloned puppies to arrive in the U.K., according to CBS News.
“I’m trying to get my head round the fact that this puppy has 100% of the same DNA as Dylan,” Jacques told The Guardian newspaper, according to CBS News. “I had Dylan since he was a puppy … I mothered him so much, he was my baby, my child, my entire world.”
Besides the act of cloning itself being controversial, a researcher at Sooam named Hwang Woo-suk is also regarded as a controversial figure. CBS News reports, “In 2004, he and former colleagues at the Seoul National University made claims in the journal Science that they created the first cloned human embryos and extracted stem cells from them, but their report was later discredited. In 2009, he was convicted of embezzling research funding as well as illegally buying human stem cells for this research. Hwang announced the first successful dog cloning in 2005…”
The British couple who cloned their Boxer, on the other hand, are undeterred by the controversy and have taken to social media to document the experience. Read more about it on their Twitter page, @WeLovedDylan.
Would you clone your dog?