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What's Better Than One 9/11 Hero Dog?

6/17/2009 2:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Four 9/11 hero dogs!!!

Trakr 911 dog

Trakr, a K9 police and search and rescue dog who was credited with locating the last human survivor of 9/11, was recently cloned as part of BioArts' Golden Clone Giveaway. Trakr's owners are being presented today with four perfect (and not at all creepy) clones of Trakr, who sadly passed away in April.

Curious how it was done? To clone Trakr, Dr. Hwang Woo-suk and his team replaced the genes in canine eggs with genes from Trakr, stimulated the eggs to spur them to develop into embryos, then transferred the embryos to dogs who served as surrogate mothers.

Mother Nature would be proud.

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31.

flee    

when an animal dies it is very sad, but cloning is NOT ok - EVER, even for this "hero" dog. anyone see pet cemetery? "sometimes, dead is better"

1919 days ago
32.

Tazandra    

Sounds gimmicky. Why didn't they just go to a shelter and find some poor confined dog there and give it the same name? To clone the dog seems frivilous and unnecessary.

1919 days ago
33.

sharon    

HMMM...NO!!! i LOVE dogs! and i have lost them in the past....I STILL would not clone them....sorry just creepy!!!

1919 days ago
34.

kim    

BECAUSE THEIR ARENT ENOUGH SHELTERS FILLED WITH DOGS NEEDING ADOPTION!!!!!

1919 days ago
35.

molly    

Why clone when there are so many who need good homes? Just to say they can do it? An abandoned dog from the local animal shelter will love you just as much, serve and protect you.

1919 days ago
36.

Missy    

Dang I will take one hawt cop to go ;)
You people need to relax. Did you pay to have this cloning done? NO ok then what are you out? How about YOU all bitchin bitties go out and adopt all those dogs in the kennels and animal shelters n leave the people alone who cloned this hero dog. YES I said hero. NOT all dogs could do what this one did.
I still want one of those cops ;)

1918 days ago
37.

DONNA    

ah I love these dogs!!!!!!!!!!

1918 days ago
38.

RIPGOP    

But wait...I thought only GOD could create life? That's what they told me in the church that I donate a lot of money to. I am confused..

1918 days ago
39.

hora    

adorable puppies. and yes, there are many dogs (and cats) that are in shelters who need homes but obviously the owners wanted this done and who are we to judge them

1918 days ago
40.

SS    

WOW!...look at the puppies!!! even there spots are the same!!!!

1917 days ago
41.

annie    

ANOTHER WASTE OF LIFE. SO WHAT, THEY DO THIS BECAUSE THEY CAN ? AND ALSO THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF DOGS AS WELL AS CATS WHO ARE PUT TO DEATH EVERY YEAR BECAUSE THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH HOMES. BUILD A MEMORIAL, DON'T BRING IN MORE PETS WHO MIGHT END UP UNWANTED AND DUMPED AT A POUND TO DIE.
AND EVERY ONE OF YOU OUT THERE WHO LETS THEIR PETS HAVE LITTERS....EDUCATE YOURSELVES. IF YOU LOVE ANIMALS, THEN GET THEM SPAYED OR NEUTERED. OTHERWISE, YOU CONTRIBUTE TO ALL THE VERY SAD DAETHS AND ALL THE SUFFERING.

1917 days ago
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