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Cloned Dogs Fighting Crime in South Korea

The cloned puppies seen in this picture will soon hit the K-9 beat. South Korea plans to use labrador retriever clones to sniff out drugs and contraband for the Korean Customs Services.

South Korea was the first to clone a dog, and now the country is putting the technology to use. The seven puppies up for service were cloned from a highly trained and successful dog working for customs patrol right now.

Like their DNA, the puppies all share the same name “Toppy” – a blend of the words "tomorrow" and "puppy." South Korean officials say the program will increase the quality of the sniffing dogs, all with a cheap price tag.

Is there anything freaky about taking one dog that’s doing a good job, and multiplying him by seven? Do you think governments and businesses will soon justify any type of cloning by saying it produces superior and cheaper results?

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harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 8 years
They are SOOOO cute! :LOVE:
Meike Meike 8 years
"Do you think governments and businesses will soon justify any type of cloning by saying it produces superior and cheaper results?" Yes. It isn't really a matter of if it will happen but when will it happen. Right now, the process is expensive and still controversial among the masses. However, That doesn't stop arrogant scientist from altering the gene pool by introducing their new little progresses here and there. You get some people who are outraged by cloning 'superior' species. And, then you have some people who are at first outraged but start to warm up to the idea because of the 'benefits' we supposedly can reap from cloning successfully. On one hand, I am all about the advancement of technology and science. On another hand, I can see exactly where something like cloning is heading widening the already huge gap between the wealthy elite and the average Joe's and Jane's. Obviously, the rich will be the only ones able to genetically 'design' their children.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
I LOVE Labs!!! Cute, smart, and friendly!
facin8me facin8me 8 years
these, not this^
facin8me facin8me 8 years
nothing is a guarantee, but seven out of seven of this cloned dogs have passed the sniff test...small sample size, but 100% so far is way better than 10% with natural dogs.
syako syako 8 years
So cloning guarantees that they won't fail?!
facin8me facin8me 8 years
This actually isn't ridiculous. Only 10-15% of naturally born dogs pass the test to see if they're qualified to be sniffing dogs. And beyond that, only 3 out of every 10 dogs that the Korean training center trains ends up actually being able to work as a sniffing dog. Since it costs about $40,000 to train a dog, a 70% failure rate ends up being a lot of money.
nicachica nicachica 8 years
agreed with all of you on this one. this is just dumb and a waste of money. however, that picture of those dogs is undeniably adorable!!!!
Bookish Bookish 8 years
I don't see how cloning is a cheap alternative to getting a couple of great dogs together and letting them do what comes naturally. But then, I might be old-fashioned.
i-heart-monster i-heart-monster 8 years
Why are they giving them all the same name? Toppy 1, Toppy 2, etc? Meanies. I totally agree with the above comments about breeding dogs - it's so not that hard, and probably less expensive than cloning! They're still going to have to train the dogs - it's not like they were born with the training that the original dog has!
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
I disagree with cloning in almost all instances, this being one of them. Why labs? German shepherds make more sense, or I know the military now uses Belgian Mals... Labs seem too happy for that kind of work!
KrisSugar KrisSugar 8 years
I know Sy. most species are very agreeable to breeding.
em1282 em1282 8 years
I don't like the fact that people automatically assume that cloning is some great answer to so many things. Cloning something doesn't automatically mean that the clone will be just like the original in terms of skill/personality/everything else. Doesn't anyone realize that? It's not that difficult of a concept to grasp, in my opinion...isn't it similar to having a mom or dad who is super talented at one thing, but being totally inept at it yourself?
syako syako 8 years
That's what I'm saying Kris! I mean, when did it get hard to breed dogs?
KrisSugar KrisSugar 8 years
how is cloning a "cheap price tag" anyway? why can't they just breed their current wonderful dog with another wonderful dog?
KrisSugar KrisSugar 8 years
these don't look like golden retrievers, but if so goldens are a whole lot more businesslike than labs.
syako syako 8 years
I agree Kris, what happened to good ole' German shepherds fighting crime and taking numbers?
raciccarone raciccarone 8 years
Oh dear, I can't wait for all the racist remarks about Koreans cloning dogs.
KrisSugar KrisSugar 8 years
I have an 85 pound yellow lab who eats everything in sight and literally pulls down curtains by sitting on them with her big yellow butt. So to see 7 of these little boogers running around doesn't give me great hope that they'll be crime fighters. but, who knows? :)
syako syako 8 years
Because it's so difficult to make real dogs? :ponder:
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