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Booster a Famous Service Dog to be Cloned

Author: Bergin University of Canine Studies : Contact:

Published: 2015-02-14


As part of the team to clone a dog, Dr. Shin will provide a unique perspective into the realities of canine cloning.

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Bergin University of Canine Studies (BUCS) Master's graduate Davis Hawn dreamed about cloning his aged Service Dog Booster. With tears in his eyes, Hawn received an email from the Korean firm SOOAM Biotech informing him that they would make his dream come true. Hawn traveled to Seoul, South Korea and met SOOAM founders Drs. Woo-Suk Wang and Taeyoung Shin and invited them to visit his Alma-Ata (BUCS) in Rohnert Park, California.

Dr. Shin graciously accepted Hawn's invitation to visit BUCS, the world's only university accredited in canine studies.

Dr. Shin will deliver a lecture entitled Animal Cloning; Past, Present, and Future.

As part of the team that won the race to clone a dog, he will provide a unique perspective into the realities of canine cloning. Bergin University of Canine Studies encourages veterinarians, students, and the general public to attend the cost-free, insightful presentation and participate in the ensuing question and answer session. The lecture will be held at the BUCS campus on February, 26th at 10AM.

According to Hawn, Booster once saved his life and has since opened myriad doors, both literally and figuratively. "Together, we have traveled the world sharing pawsitive energy instilled by a BUCS tsunami of canine education," said Hawn. "We have hugged Thai orphans with HIV, appeared on live television in Cuba, helped disabled Bahamians fight for a disability rights law, advanced canine medicine, and so much more."

It seems that even a dog has Karma.

Booster is a cancer survivor. He was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma cancer and given just 3 weeks to live over two years ago. Hawn was encouraged to give Booster a "cake and ice cream party" and euthanize his beloved dog. His Cuban friend Rodrigo emailed him "We Cubans are fighters; you fight for your dog!" As a direct result, Hawn reached out to cancer researchers around the globe and the rest is history. Booster underwent radiation therapy, an operation, and received the first anti squamous cell carcinoma vaccine in the world for a dog! It was developed by the University of Minnesota's Dr. Elizabeth Pluhar.

"Booster saved my life and in turn a power greater than myself saved his. Universities across America have helped Booster above and beyond my wildest imagination. It's only fitting to desire to clone such a unique, historical dog. I'm not trying to duplicate Booster; I'm furthering an amazing canine education," said Hawn. "The clone will aptly be named Boosted (having boosted Boosters cells). If Boosted has one tenth of Booster's qualities I will be a fortunate man," shared Hawn.

Booster and his extended BUCS and SOOAM family members look forward to sharing this truly unique opportunity with one and all.

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