This couple decided to clone their dog after death
Couples found a way to keep their pet’s memory alive.
Laura Jacques and Richard Remde were completely Distraught by the loss of their dog Dylan, who had died at the age of eight in June, having been diagnosed earlier this year with a brain tumour.
The couple explained that for them the loss of Dylan meant a lot, in fact Laura said she could not imagine her life without him -ook-. Of which generated that Richard traveled to South Korea with a DNA test of the late Dylan to clone.
The idea came after the couple had seen a documentary about cloning, where it was mentioned that today the advances and experiments in this technique have been increasing, making it more favorable and accessible to the general population.
What was impressive is that cloning from a dead animal had never been made from such a lonf time, almost two weeks after it died. The previous limit for dog cloning was five days after death.
“This is the first case we’ve had where cells have been taken from a dead dog after a long time,” said David Kim, a scientist at Sooam, in an interview with The Guardian. “I hope this will allow us to extend the time after death that we can take cells for cloning.”
The procedure cost approximately $100,000, and they had to make two attempts to succeed.
To carry out the procedure must be obtained a sample of tissue from the cheek or the abdomen of the animal to create a crop with their DNA, then is injected a “blank” dog egg that has had the nucleus removed, and from there to expect the ‘natural’ process.
Jacques, a dog walker, and Remde, who runs a building company, Heritage Masonry & Conservation, had to take two sets of samples from their dead dog after the first set of samples did not grow in the laboratory. Remde made two trips in quick succession to South Korea to deliver the cell samples.
They are now waiting for the birth of the second puppy and are hoping to adopt the puppies’ two surrogate mothers and bring four dogs back to the UK next July after the quarantine period has ended.