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When Cloning a Dog is a Good Idea

Posted Jul 07 2008 7:16pm

Dogs we wish we could clone: Benji. Underdog. Balto. Lassie. Scooby Doo. Beethoven. Deputy Dawg. Trakr?

If you’re wondering who Trakr is, he’s one of the dogs who sniffed out survivors of the New York WorldTrade Center catastrophe back in 2001. He actually located the last living survivor, who was trapped 30 feet under debris.

That definitely makes him clone-worthy.

Now that Trakr is 15 years old and can no longer use his back legs because of a degenerative neurological disorder (which may have been caused by the toxic fumes from the smoke of the 9/11), he is the lucky winner of a new cloning project conducted by BioArts International.

BioArtswill transport a sample of Trakr’s DNA to theSooamBiotech Research Foundationin South Korea, which should be ready to clone by the end of the year.

Trakr’s owner, James Symington, knows how much of a hero Trakr is, and hopes that when he is gone a part of him will live on in the new clone.

Here’s theentire story.

I’m not sure how I feel about cloning, but reading something like this makes me think that it’s a good idea.

I just hope they never clone a dog like Cujo. That would be bad.

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