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.