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Happy Birthday Snuppy

Friday, April 28, 2006 - Stem Cell Guru

As this week's blog posts have all concerned news from TheraVitae's patients I thought we should end the week with belated birthday wishes . . . . . . in case you missed it 'Snuppy' celebrated his first birthday on April 25th.

Who's Snuppy? He's the world's first cloned dog, and also recipient of Time magazine's 'Invention of the Year' award for 2005. He was cloned by Korean researchers led by Prof. Hwang Woo Suk, most of whom's research was declared as being falsified by an investigative committee. However, the same committee did confirm that Snuppy was a genuine clone. Snuppy is pictured here tucking into his birthday cake.

Other, more substantial, news out of Seoul, taken from the Korea Times, concerns researchers' efforts to put the Hwang-gate sandal behind them. A new gene therapy clinic has been built at the site of the country's once-celebrated World Stem Cell Hub inside Seoul National University (SNU) Hospital. The new gene therapy center will focus on adult stem cells rather than embryonic stem cells, the field Hwang and his associates studied.


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