Not ready to let go of your be

Not ready to let go of your best friend just yet? Well, for R1.1million you can have it cloned

A lab in South Korea has been successfully cloning canines for the last 14 years, but getting your childhood friend back aint cheap.

Not ready to let go of your be

Remember Dolly the sheep? Well, we’ve come a long way since cloning our first lamb chop, and ten years after Dolly’s creation, scientist Woo Suk Hwang opened Sooam laboratory in South Korea. Their speciality, cloning dogs for owners with abandonment issues.

Formally trained veterinarian and all-round Frankenweenie fanatic, Hwang clones up to 15 dogs a month for clients based in America and South Korea… and by clients in South Korea we mean restaurants. Just kidding.

The method used for the cloning involves taking cells from the original pooch, removing the nucleus and artificially — obvi — placing it in the egg of a donor pet. What happens next, is the Tim Burton part of the equation. They shock the egg to get it going, before placing it back in the donor dog.

While they call the process cloning, and it mostly is; there is no guarantee that the dog you get will be 100% the one you started off with. It’s more like creating an identical twin, as the pup might have a few physical variations as well as a completely different temperament — Pet Cemetary much?

Hwang admits that the procedure carries risk, and that it’s not always a win, but that they just keep trying until the desired product is ‘born’. The lab has, to date, cloned around 400 dogs… and given us the heebiejeebies.

Hwang has also recently been given the go-ahead by russian scientists to clone an in-tact baby woolly mammoth… seen Jurassic Park?