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Scientists clone search dog for free for LA couple

By jim Published: June 17, 2009

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Scientists say they have cloned a German shepherd that helped with search-and-rescue after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The five puppy clones were delivered to owner and former Halifax, Nova Scotia police officer James Symington and his wife, who now live in Los Angeles.

Before the dog Trakr died in April at age 16, the couple entered a contest that promised to clone a pet dog for free.

The contest was sponsored by the California company BioArts International. BioArts partnered with a South Korean company led by disgraced scientist Hwang Woo-suk, whose team performed the cloning.

Symington said he drove to New York with Trakr after the World Trade Center collapsed.

Symington met Trakr's clones — Trustt, Solace, Valor, Prodigy and Deja vu — for the first time this week.

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