Dog, Inc

Dog, Inc

The Uncanny Inside Story of Cloning Man's Best Friend

Book - 2010
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What Stiff did for the dead and Fast Food Nation did for the burger, Dog, Inc. does for the stranger-than-fiction world of commercial dog cloning.

It all began with a pit bull named Booger. Former Miss Wyoming Bernann McKinney was so distraught over the death of her dog, whom she regarded as her guardian and savior, that she paid $50,000 to RNL Bio for the chance to bring her beloved companion back to life. The result were five new Boogers-the first successful commercial cloning of a canine- delivered in 2008, along with a slew of compelling questions about the boundaries of science, commerce, and ethics. Blending shocking investigative reporting with colorful anecdotes, Pulitzer Prize-winning John Woestendiek takes readers behind the scenes of this emerging industry.

But Dog, Inc. isn't just a book about pets. Nor is it just a book about science. Rather it's a fascinating look at how our emotional needs are bending the reaches of science and technology, as well as a study of this uncharted territory. With our pet obsession climbing to new heights and our scientific abilities even more so, this combination raises a serious concern: Are we crossing the boundary of controlling science in the name of science, in the name of love, in the name of merchandising-or a blend of all three?
Publisher: New York : Avery, c2010.
ISBN: 9781583333914
Branch Call Number: 636.7082 WOESTEN
Characteristics: 310 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.


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dblockniles Feb 18, 2011

Far from presenting a "yay, progress!" paean to cloning, Woestendiek peels back the veneer of feel-good pet-owner reunification to expose the animal abuse and neglect, international legal battles, scientific fraud, media scandal and dissatisfied pet owners involved in a quest that was ultimately viewed as just a stepping stone to cloning humans.

Woestendiek makes it clear that he is a lover of shelter dogs.

Feb 15, 2011

Who knew that pets would be at the cutting edge of cloning technology. Dog Inc. takes a critical look at science, ethics and human emotions. Many questions are raised and explored in this book,however one question remains unanswered.Do these animals WANT to be cloned.


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