Member of Fake Embryonic Stem Cell Research Team Clones Female Dog

Seoul, South Korea ( -- A scientist who was a member of Hwang Woo-suk's team that falsified embryonic stem cell research in an international scandal says he has cloned the world's first female dog. The only success Hwang's team had was the cloning of the first dog, a male Afghan hound, and this claim would expand on that.
Lee Byeong-chun, a veterinary professor at Seoul National University, claims he's created the first female cloned dog, another Afghan hound he's named Bona.

The team submitted a paper about the cloning to the international veterinary journal Theriogenology.

Lee said Bona was born June 18 using animal cloning technology and said two other female dogs, named Peace and Hope, were cloned as well. He says DNA tests prove they are all authentic clones.

"This was a process that must be done to see if a cloned dog has reproduction capabilities," Lee told The Associated Press.

The cloning process is meant to "advance medical research" Lee told Reuters, and "and it is not yet intended for people to clone their pets."

A government statement on the cloning indicated the process was done to produce drug treatments from animal stem cells and to preserve animals on the brink of extinction.