Korean clones and the case of the five Boogers
You’ve heard about the five Boogers right? No, it’s not the opening line of a coarse joke. I found it in this week’s dog news:
There are now five Booger’s because Booger #1 was the pit bull who saved her mama’s life and consequently sent this owner scrambling, post-mortem DNA sample in hand, to South Korea for a chance at the litter of her dreams: Five Booger clones!
God help me if I know why people do these things but I guess I can’t really blame them. I, too, understand the deep and abiding love we humans can have for a very particular animal. Though I’ll never admit to it completely, I can sometimes comprehend the desire to “bring back” one or two incredible animals among the throngs I’ve loved—even if it’s just a re-boot off their molecular blueprints.
But five? I bet she feels like one of those “unlucky” embryo transfer moms whose womb proves more fertile than she ever expected.
That’s presumably why the Boogers’ owner is keeping some pups and donating a couple to service dog organizations.
Meanwhile, it’s clear the Korean cloners are happy to have this kind of income streaming in. $50,000 for the five Boogers! And why not? If US dog lovers continue to finance their cloning efforts it won’t be long before they’re the cloning powerhouse of the world (oops…I guess they already are).
But there’s a hitch. Clones don’t always come off 100% right. Diminished lifespan is only part of the problem. Could it be those base pairs don’t always zip up just right?
With that in mind, perhaps the service dog organizations so well-intentionally bequested should be taking a long, jaundiced look at these gift-puppies’ mouths.