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Cloning Man’s Best Friend

Friday, January 07, 2011

Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter John Woestendiek discusses the questions about the boundaries of science, commerce, and ethics that arise with the cloning of pets. Dog, Inc.: The Uncanny Inside Story of Cloning Man’s Best Friend takes readers behind the scenes of this industry.

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John Woestendiek

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Comments [9]

Ed from Larchmont

How far did the Nazis get in their cloning experiments?

Jan. 07 2011 01:43 PM
Elle from NY NY

Can scientists tell whether an animal is a clone? Why do animals with the same DNA have different characteristics? I can't believe these were perplexing questions to someone who has written a book about cloning. For the love...

Jan. 07 2011 01:14 PM
Jean Freely from New York City

Cloning Fido is the same effect of buying a dog from a breeder or funding the horrific conditions of puppy mills by buying from a pet store -- every time you get a dog in this way -- a shelter dog dies because that's a dog's life you could have saved. This is very unnatural, love you dog, remember him/her when gone, and save another life.

If someone absolutely "must do this" then they should adopt 1 or 2 other dogs at the same time so at least helping to save some lives along the way.

Jan. 07 2011 01:10 PM
Zulema from Bronx, NY

There was a piece in The New Yorker last year about a totally tame bull, a long story about him, and the people who tried to clone him. They finally succeeded but alas!, the cloned bull was not at all the tame bull his father had been, a great disappointment to the old bull's loving family.

Jan. 07 2011 01:03 PM
lauren horwitz from nyc

What a phenomenally stupid idea this is. Isn't it a bit ironic that a Korean company is helping to generate these mutated beings while the country has a thriving business in eating dog (and the methods of slaughter are intentionally painful)?

Jan. 07 2011 01:02 PM
Samantha from bklyn

This is disgusting. Who would give their 'beloved' dog's DNA to some South Korean scientists to perform experiments on their genetic offspring? The concept is beyond me. Love your pet and when his life is over adopt a dog in need of a home from any number of reputable shelters. That is love.

Jan. 07 2011 01:01 PM

Yeah this segment really turned me off. Not only the subject, but the guests staccato monotone voice was grating.

Jan. 07 2011 01:00 PM
maggie

This is really making me queasy. Of course our supply of consumable meat will soon be all cloned. To add to the already hormone pumped and GMO Monsanto food products we already consume.

Jan. 07 2011 12:57 PM

Oh com'on! Why clone ANYTHING? Especially dogs and cats when there are trillions out there waiting to be adopted. It's such a vanity--this is why it's all going to hell in a hand basket.

Jan. 07 2011 12:43 PM

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