Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 27 May 2015

Disgraced Korean scientist creates 17 cloned dogs

Cloned claims: Tibetan mastiff dogs
Cloned claims: Tibetan mastiff dogs

A controversial South Korean scientist has claimed to have created 17 clones of an endangered dog breed.

The Sooam Biotech Research Foundation, led by stem-cell scientist Hwang Woo-suk, says the cloned Tibetan mastiff dogs were requested by the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

It says independent DNA tests have confirmed that all 17 dogs were cloned.

In 2005, Hwang and his team of Seoul National University scientists successfully created the world's first known dog clone, named Snuppy, an achievement that was independently confirmed.

However Dr Hwang was fired from Seoul National University two years ago after admitting that he faked research that claimed to have cloned human embryonic stem cells.

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