Our Research Partner: Sooam Biotech Research Foundation, South Korea
Considered the founder of the cloning industry, Sooam Biotech Research Foundation has been delivering on the promise of biotechnology since 2005.
Sooam Biotech Research Foundation is a non-profit organization focusing on research in advanced biotechnology for industrial and biomedical applications using animal cloning and pluripotent stem cells combined with transgenic technology.
In December of 2007, Sooam was successful at cloning "Missy – world’s first cloning of a companion dog". Soon thereafter, in 2007, Sooam also cloned "Lancelot – world’s first commercialized dog cloning".
Since then, Sooam Biotech Research Foundation has successfully cloned dogs for police work, Search & Rescue, Explosive Detection, Military Use, Hunting & Sporting and Personal Pets.
Dog Cloning Process
Currently, cloning can only be performed with live cells, i.e. cells that were obtained from a living dog or five days after its death at the latest. Through a simple biopsy procedure, a small piece of tissue can be obtained from the dog, and cells from the tissue can be frozen (cryopreserved) for use in cloning research later on.
Once Sooam researchers confirm that the cells are indeed viable and clonable, which can take up to four weeks, the cloning research process begins. Dogs that have similar ovulation time, which can be predicted by measuring progesterone levels every day, are selected as egg donors and surrogate mothers. Eggs are collected from the egg donor through a procedure called "flushing".
Once the eggs are collected, nuclei of the eggs, which contain DNA of the egg donor, is removed. procedure known as "enucleation" Then, injection of donor cell into the enucleated egg is performed followed by "fusion" of the two cells. This fusion procedure produces a cloned embryo that is transferred into a surrogate dog. The whole process from flushing to ET takes less than a day.
Pregnancy diagnosis is performed 30 days after ET through ultrasonography.
Finally, a healthy cloned puppy is delivered around 60 days after ET.
Once the puppy is born, DNA of the clone is matched with those of the egg donor, surrogate mother, and original. This is to make sure that the clone indeed has the same DNA as that of the original and not those of either the egg donor or surrogate mother.
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Our Latest Project
Currently working on intensive training sessions with several cloned canines from a renowned IPO certified dog. They are in the phases of training in tracking, obedience and protection. More...
Sooam was successful in cloning Trakr, a 9/11 hero rescue dog in compliance to retired police officer James Symintin’s request. This attracted world wide attention from the mass media including FOX news, CBS, NBC, CNN, etc. More...