Mon February 28, 2011
"The Uncanny Inside Story of Cloning Man's Best Friend"
By Rich Fisher
Tulsa, Oklahoma – Picture this: You have a dog you really love. The dog is like a good friend to you --- perhaps even, as the saying goes, the dog is your best friend --- but then, suddenly or eventually, it dies. End of story, right? Well, maybe not. You could, in fact, get that dog cloned --- at a cost of about $100,000 or so. On today's show, we speak with the author, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, and popular "dog blogger" John Woestendiek about his new book, "Dog, Inc.: The Uncanny Inside Story of Cloning Man's Best Friend." This book offers a detailed, timely, and compelling look at the strange-yet-true world of commercial dog cloning. As a tale of science as well as commercialism, and of the far-flung fringes of both, as it were, "Dog, Inc." --- as one critic in the pages of Mother Jones has noted --- "explores the curious history of pet cloning, from its roots in a 1928 experiment in which a German biologist replicated a salamander, to the present, when scientists are only too willing to help doting dog-owners reanimate their canine companions."