Britain's first cloned dog Minnie Winnie expecting puppies

First Britain's cloned dog is expecting a litter of dachshund puppies, four years after having been conceived in a test tube.

Rebecca Bourne, 34, from Cambridgeshire, put her elderly dachshund dog, Winnie forward to be cloned in a £60,000 competition organized by South Korea's technology company, Sooam Biotech.
She won, and the cloned puppy, called Minnie Winnie, was conceived in a test tube and born in Seoul on March 30, 2014.

Now, Minnie Winnie expects children of her own and the new puppies are not clones.
The news comes a year after the death of the original Winnie, aged 15, after being run over by a car.
"I cannot wait to meet my Minnie Minnie Winnie, I'm over the moon, I'm sure I'll see something of Winnie in them, Mrs. Bourne told The Sun." She added that "Winnie was such a big part of my life and I felt lost without her."

Minnie Winnie grows up and having cravings for human food, including tacos. To know that Winnie memory is alive is very comforting. Mrs. Bourne, who featured her dog and son Wilbur, in a book The Wilbies Go to the Moon, who her friend’s dachshund, Otto, as the father. The Scans shows that Minnie Winnie is carrying at least two puppies.

The process of conceiving Minnie Winnie was filmed by a television company and aired in 2014. Dogs were cloned for the first time in South Korea in 2005, by Sooam Biotech scientist Dr. Woo Suk Hwang, but this is the first time that the British dog was cloned.

Mrs. Bourne, a West London caterer at the time said she had read about the cloning contest and entered her 12years old dachshund, sending in a video of her pets. Winnie made it onto a shortlist of three, and after her victory, a sample of her skin tissue was removed and sent to South Korea in liquid nitrogen. There, the cells were placed in eggs provided by a bitch of the same breed, before the spark of electricity fused the two.

Then the embryo was placed into a donor animal, and the resulting fetus was born by cesarean section, weighing just over 1 pound. Ms. Bourne, who flew to Seoul and watched the puppy being born, said she resembled her own pet.

The British quarantine restrictions meant she had to wait six months before being able to bring the puppy home to meet the original Winnie. According to Cloning Specialist John Woestendiek, the dog cloning industry was based in South Korea because it had much lower ethical standards for treating dogs than in Europe or the United States.

According to him, some of the dogs used in the cloning process as egg donors or surrogate mothers were often killed and eaten later. The procedure entails getting a live cell from a living dog or a dog five days after his death. Dogs with similar ovulation time are selected as surrogate mothers or egg donors.

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