The Sooam Biotech Research Foundation can get your dead dog back or simply reincarnate your dead dog, a service that would delight pet lovers for an amount of $100,000.
Sooam Biotech Foundation has cloned over 800 dogs since 2006, offering the service to get your dead dog back for $100,000 and apart from it, they also clone cattle and pigs for medical research and breed preservation, as well as developing genetically-engineered animals for use as disease models.
They do these cloning with their client base including princes, celebrities, and billionaires, as well as the owners and agencies who wants to replicate highly skilled sniffer and rescue dogs.
“These people have very a strong bond with their pets… and cloning provides a psychological alternative to the traditional method of just letting the pet go and keeping their memory,” said Sooam researcher and spokesman Wang Jae-Woong.
The process said to start putting your dead dog in the fridge, not in the freezer.. and just wrap it in wet towels too.
In about five days of delivery to the facility, the mature cell from the dog can successfully be harvested and copied. The DNA is then fused with a donor egg that has been stripped of its original genetic material. The embryo from the process will then be implanted in a surrogate mother dog. In as little as two months later, your dead dog will be back to being a puppy.
Sooam’s most publicized project was that of a rescue dog that found the last survivor of the 9/11 World Trade Center tragedy; the project was a creation of five clones of Trakr.
The project is also conducted collaborations with other cloning facilities such as the BioArts International which has since opted out of the dog cloning market. And now the company is partnering with others in an ambitious plan to clone a mammoth from frozen remains found in Siberia.
It was Sooam’s founder Hwang Woo-Suk has a notorious past wherein he published a claim stating that he has successfully derived stem cell lines from cloned human embryos in 2004 and 2005, This was later on found to be hoax and the scandal revealed numerous ethical violations.
In 2009, he was served two-year suspended prison sentence for embezzlement and bioethical violations.
“I think the only way to win the public’s trust back is making more genuine scientific breakthroughs,” Hwang said.
Head researcher Jeong Yeon-Woo says Sooam’s dog cloning service remains as the company’s most fulfilling aspect.
“They look like they found a child that had been missing,” Woo said.
“The moment of pure joy like that… makes me realize again why I’m doing this.” Woo added.