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Multiplicity

I’m not quite sure how I feel about this.

A woman from the United States wants her dead pitbull terrier – called Booger – re-created.

So now we’re fully into cloning and one of the first things we’re going to do is clone boogers? Don’t go to all this trouble, just ask my father to give you some. Trust me, he’s got plenty up there to spare.

RNL Bio is charging the woman, from California, $150,000 (£76,000) to clone the pitbull using tissue extracted from its ear before it died.

The work will be carried out by a team from Seoul National University, where the first dog was cloned in 2005.

“There are many people who want to clone their pet dogs in Western countries even at this high price,” company chief executive, Ra Jeong-chan, told the Korea Times.

“More money than sense,” as my old friend Bob the butcher would say. Besides, hasn’t anybody read Pet Semetary on the dangers of reincarnating loved ones?

The firm is expecting hundreds more orders for pets over the next few years and also plans to clone dogs trained to sniff out bombs or drugs.

You know, there are plenty of us canines out here ready to serve, whether that’s to sniff us some bomb material, heroin or human crotches. I wish they wouldn’t try to color this as an altruistic venture. It’s capitalism, baby. Be loud and be proud. If you want to stick a finger in God’s eye, just do it.
Personally, I’d never stick a finger in his eye, but I would pee on his son’s open toed sandals.

“The cost of cloning a dog may come down to less than $50,000 as cloning is becoming an industry,” he said.

If cloning me, that my friend, is a bargain.

The pitbull’s owner, Bernann McKunney…is said to have been particularly attached to the dog, after it saved her life when another dog attacked her and bit off her arm.

“Lefty” declined to comment on whether the attack dog was going to be cloned too.

The university’s team is led by Professor Lee Byeong-chun, who was previously in a team headed by the disgraced stem cell scientist, Hwang Woo-suk.

Mr Hwang’s results on cloning human stem cells, initially hailed as a breakthrough, were found to have been falsified and he is now on trial charged with embezzlement and fake research.

With a name like Woo-suk, did he ever really have a chance at accomplishing anything? On a related note, his brother Eye-suk never accomplished anything, either.

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