Sooam’s Biotech headquarters in Seoul,where Dr. Hwang Woo Suk, 61,runs the only facility on earth that clones dogs for customers willing to pay $100,000. He is known to have led the team that cloned the first dog in 2005,he then produced more than 550 cloned puppies since, increasing efficiency of an already complicated process to a point where he guarantee an exact genetic copy of a client’s dog, provided he has healthy tissue to work with.
In 2005, Hwang was named Korea’s first “Supreme Scientist.” By 2009, he was “penniless and devastated
The Joint Aim of Sooam Labs and BoyaLife a fast-growing Chinese biotechnology company is Targeting the Rare breeds, dogs cloned for devoted owners, those specialized working dogs for police and bomb-sniffing other medical related uses will be a part of that business. And Ultimately moving onto Cows ,Panda’s. A Different dimension suggests work is underway Ironically on a 40,000 year old Mammoths and Eventually Humans.
Beyond that, the research facility intends to explore the various biomedical applications of cloning and stem cells, another area of focus for Sooam and BoyaLife . At Sooam a technique known as the somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT), in it the nucleus of an oocyte (egg cell) is removed and replaced by that of a somatic (body) cell from the mature specimen being cloned. These cells are fibroblasted. They’re taken via skin biopsy from the abdomen and cultured in a lab. Once the cell nucleus is in place,electricity is used to fuse the nucleus and oocyte together into a reconstructed embryo that’s implanted into a surrogate mother. Dogs have some complicated reproductive traits that make the species difficult to clone; most problematic, the ovulation cycles are irregular, and the eggs are in a mature state and optimal for cloning for only a few hours.