A wolf by any other name?

The South Korean research team at Seoul National University once lead by the now disgraced stem cell researcher Hwang Woo-suk (see Bryan’s post for more on that story) announced this week that they have produced the first two cloned wolves in the world. My first thought was that if you have cloned sheep, you’ll need something to hunt them – a sort of cloned animal population management system, but the researchers say that the Korean Wolf clones were produced to help an endangered species.

The wolves, named Snuwolf and Snuwolffy were born 18 months ago. It has taken the team this long to publish their results due to the extra intense review of their work they must now endure as a result of the stem cell research scandal. The team’s findings will be published in an upcoming issue of Cloning and Stem Cells.

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