Korean scientists produce three female dog clones

A team of scientists at Seoul National University‘s college of veterinary medicine said yesterday they have successfully produced three female dog clones, named “Bona,” “Peace” and “Hope.”

The team, led by doctors Lee Byeong-chun and Kim Dae-yong, said the three are the first female canine clones created for reproductive purposes.

The team’s achievement was featured on the Dec. 14 internet edition of the “Theriogenology,” a renowned international journal of animal reproduction.

What, no parade this time? No but seriously, you have to give credit to the Korean government for having the smarts to realize that government funding for cloning is not the problem, but that government funding for dishonest cheaters is.

Or perhaps I spoke to soon. The Associated Press (via CNN) remembered the name Lee Byeong-chun and wasn’t as willing to ignore all the minor details in the interest of praising the accomplishment.

An ex-collaborator of disgraced South Korean scientist Hwang Woo-suk claimed Monday that he succeeded in cloning a female dog after last year’s breakthrough of creating the world’s first cloned dog, which was male.

Apparently Lee is still awaiting a trail verdict and “[i]f he is sent to prison, he could lose his job as professor of the top South Korean university.” Which really would be a shame because the fact of the matter is Lee was the main scientist of the team that lead to ‘Snuppy’, the world’s first cloned dog. Which at least for me is enough to give Lee the benefit of the doubt on this latest accomplishment until it is confirmed by other scientific teams.

Posted by Darin, filed under Uncategorized. Date: December 18, 2006, 1:04 am | 13 Comments »

13 Responses

  1. The Hwang Woo-Suk Effect at Asia-Watch Says:

    […] Update: Darin has posted an informative update about this cloning story as well. […]

  2. GarlicBreath Says:

    I am not sure what the point of cloning more dogs is. The science community is yawning.

    Ugly nationalism.

    Korean Scientists Clone First Female Dogs

    Korean scientists have cloned three female dogs, the world’s first

    The world’s first cloned female dogs

    the highest in the world.

    The achievement confirms Korea’s first-rate animal cloning techniques since no other country has yet managed to clone a dog.

    http://english.chosun.com/w21data/html/news/200612/200612180007.html

  3. Darin Says:

    I wouldn’t go so far as to say ugly nationalism. Generally when a world’s first takes place, it’s a good idea to say where and who did it. All of that information quoted will be included in an article in any paper in the world. Instead I’d say it’s nationalism fueled bad journalism by leaving out the minor details in order to cast a brighter light. Kinda like leaving out the minor detail that the island Korea claimed wasn’t Dokdo ;) When this type of ‘logic’ is used to make public policy, it’s definitely ugly nationalism, but in a newspaper article it’s just bad journalism (or history depending on the topic). … In my humble opinion.

  4. randomcow Says:

    It may not be a world first, but they’ve got the right idea by producing something that there is a potentially huge market for in Korea – dog meat and designer pets.

    The Koreans may have finally learnt something from their western counterparts – it’s not enough to just settle for being the first, lest you go the way of the Korean printing press.

    RC

  5. tomato Says:

    Which at least for me is enough to give Lee the benefit of the doubt on this latest accomplishment until it is confirmed by other scientific teams.

    We need strict scruitiny here!

  6. MarkA Says:

    Mirage à trois.

  7. mattrosencrance Says:

    it’s not nationalism, it’s what’s for dinner

  8. mattrosencrance Says:

    on the Hwang subject, i wanted to make up shirts that said:

    “황,
    You
    Suck!”

    (get it? his name is 황우석!)

    But alas, I did not.

  9. Malaclypse Says:

    Those are some nice looking Korean bitches.

  10. polysics Says:

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    DAE HAN MIN GUK!!!DAE HAN MIN GUK!!!DAE HAN MIN GUK!!!DAE HAN MIN GUK!!!DAE HAN MIN GUK!!!DAE HAN MIN GUK!!!DAE HAN MIN GUK!!!DAE HAN MIN GUK!!!DAE HAN MIN GUK!!!DAE HAN MIN GUK!!!DAE HAN MIN GUK!!!DAE HAN MIN GUK!!!DAE HAN MIN GUK!!!DAE HAN MIN GUK!!!DAE HAN MIN GUK!!!DAE HAN MIN GUK!!!DAE HAN MIN GUK!!!DAE HAN MIN GUK!!!DAE HAN MIN GUK!!!DAE HAN MIN GUK!!!DAE HAN MIN GUK!!!DAE HAN MIN GUK!!!

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  11. Darin Says:

    … Was that really necessary? Or relevant?

  12. torren Says:

    Considering what happened before, I doubt they’d publicize their results without getting their methods verified. Hopefully they’ll remember to do the same for all future publications. Thanks for posting, Darin.

  13. tomato Says:

    Considering what happened before, I doubt they’d publicize their results without getting their methods verified

    I really doubt that. I doubt they can distinguish fact from fantacy. What they believe is what it is for them…