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"Snuppy" the cloned pup
Scientists in South Korea say that the pup seen here is the first-ever cloned canine. Also in this family portrait are his parents: an Afghan hound father (left), with whom he is genetically identical, and a Labrador surrogate mother. The whelp is known as "Snuppy," short for Seoul National University puppy. (Aug. 3, 2005)
Snuppy and Hwang Woo-SukSnuppy cuddles with stem cell researcher Dr. Hwang Woo-Suk, who led the team of scientists who carried out the cloning.
Hwang said the breakthrough may advance work on combatting diseases by therapeutic cloning with stem cells. "Our research goal is to produce cloned dogs for (studying) the disease models, not only for humans, but also for animals," Hwang told a press conference, according to Reuters.