The Cloning of Dogs
The new "Star Wars" movie features an entire army made of clones. These clones are genetically perfected to be the ultimately obedient and powerful soldiers. How could this type of cloning technology be used in dogs? We could use it for the good to make the perfectly obedient dog, for use in seeing-eye work, rescue work, etc. This technology could also be used to affect the world of dog showing. An owner of a number one winning champion dog could replicate it and make the sport completely obsolete and pointless.
The leading research team for dog cloning is at Texas A & M University. Their project is called Project Missyplicity, named after the chief contributor’s beloved pet dog, Missy. This project hopes that the ¾ Border Collie, ¼ Siberian Husky mutt will be the first dog to ever be cloned.
Project Missyplicity has many purposes, as shown in their goals. The first and foremost of these goals is to of course clone Missy. Secondly, they want to improve the understanding of the canine reproductive system. As surprising as it may seem, the canine reproductive system is a subject that has not been extensively researched. The research involved in the cloning process is uncovering all sorts of information on the canine reproductive system. The third goal is to enhance the reproduction of endangered species. If Project Missyplicity is successful at cloning dogs, the possibility of cloning other species becomes more and more probable. The forth goal is to replicate specific exceptional dogs. This includes the seeing eye and rescue dogs that were previously mentioned in the introduction. The final goal of the Missyplicity Project is the one that most concerns me: to start a commercial dog cloning service for the public. If the general population got their hands on such technology the limits of the damage that they could cause is immeasurable.
The research is beginning to pay off, in that the researchers are coming very close to making the Missy clone. Two of their projects and the results are listed below:
. Enucleated dog oocytes were successfully fused with donor cells from adult dogs
. 23 % of the resulting embryos cleaved at lease once
. 5 cloned embryos were transplanted into 3 bitches
. no pregnancies resulted
. Enucleated bovine oocytes were used and were successfully fused with dog cells.
. 43% cleaved to the 8-to-16-cell stage
. 47 embryos were transferred into 4 bitches
1 resulted in conception
the pregnancy resulted in a miscarriage after 20 days of gestation
Scientists are predicting that within the decade we should be able to clone domestic pets, affordably. If you would like to be able to clone your present pet when this technology does become available, all you have to do is what is known as cryopreservation. Cryopreservation is when you take a small skin ample from your pet, have it frozen and stored until you can...