Hwang’s Sooam Biotech Research Foundation in South Korea and Bio Arts International (animal and human genomic industry) are going to start a dog breeding business in partnership. Bio Arts announced that they are going to start an auction from June 18th, where dog owners can bid a minimum of $100,000 for the right to have their dogs cloned.

Bio Arts have the right to make copies of dogs, cats and endangered species using techniques developed and patented by the Roslin Institute, which cloned Dolly the sheep.

Arthur Caplan, the chairman of medical ethics department at University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, said ” the pet owners shouldn’t expect –reincarnation“.

“People believe they’re going to get their pet back through cloning, but the new cloned dog won’t know the old pet’s tricks,” Arthur said in a telephone interview. “It’s a false promise to say you can get your pet back.”

“That’s a breed of one, and you’ll never get that again.” says Hawthorne .

Hwang Woo Suk, South Korean stem cell researcher lost his position as well as government funding due to the fake studies of human embryonic stem cells that was published in the prestigious journals Science and Nature. This news was confirmed by the Seoul National University investigators in 2006.

After that he and his associates set up a company called “H Bion” to commercialize cloned dogs, Sooam said in an emailed statement. Besides that H Bion will raise funds to support research on preserving endangered species.

Till now Hwang’s team has cloned 26 dogs to the least. Four of them are golden retrievers, five are beagles and 17 are Tibet mastiffs. The birth date is between Jan. 24, 2007, to April 2 of this year.

On listening, this pet lovers are eagerly waiting for the day when they will get there pets back.

Source: Bloomberg.com