What Happens When One Cloned Wolf Mates With Another Cloned Wolf?

By Melissa Lafsky | February 19, 2009 2:30 pm

Wolves matingWe’re about to find out. Researchers in South Korea are getting ready to breed one of the world’s first cloned wolves with a male wolf clone, to test whether the genetically-engineered animals can successfully mate.

Seoul National University researcher Lee Byeong-Chun is overseeing the planned tryst between Snuwolffy (maybe it sounds better in Korean?), born in October 2005, and a male clone nearly a year her junior. Lee and his team are no neophytes when it comes to cloning: They produced the world’s first cloned dog, an Afghan named Snuppy (we refrain from judgment on the name), in 2005. Not stopping there, Snuppy then became a father, leading to the first successful breeding of two cloned dogs.

Given the precedent set by Snuppy and his mates, Lee and his team suspect that Snuwolffy and her partner won’t have any problems producing a litter of Snuwolffy-ettes.

Disco: To Satisfy Lust for Truffles, The French Will Try to Clone Them
Disco: The Top 5 “Crazy” Michael Crichton Ideas That Actually Came True
Disco: Biotech Company Selects World’s Worthiest Dog, and Wants to Clone it

Image: iStockPhoto

MORE ABOUT: cloning, wolves
  • http://none jason


  • http://Telus.net laura

    are the pups clones as well? what if the two original animals had pups. would the clone pups and the normal pups be clones?


Discover's Newsletter

Sign up to get the latest science news delivered weekly right to your inbox!


Quirky, funny, and surprising science news from the edge of the known universe.

See More

Collapse bottom bar