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Last Updated: Wednesday August 03 2005 20:04 GMT

World's first cloned dog revealed

Snuppy the cloned dog
The first cloned dog in the world has been born, scientists have announced.

The puppy, an Afghan hound called Snuppy, was made from a cell taken from the ear of a three-year-old male Afghan hound, and at 16 weeks is doing well.

Snuppy joins lots of other cloned animals including Dolly the sheep, CC the cat and Ralph the rat.

Scientists hope to use dog clones to help understand and cure some dog diseases - research which they hope will help cure human diseases too.

Snuppy was made when genetic material from the 'father' Afghan hound was planted in an empty egg cell.

The cell was then transferred into a non-related yellow labrador 'mother' who acted as an incubator while little Snuppy grew.

The Afghan pup was born 60 days later.

It's proved very difficult to make a dog clone, and it took more than 1000 attempts to make Snuppy.

Some people are concerned about the effect on the animals used for, and created by cloning.

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