South Korean Cloning Firm Says it won’t Check Backgrounds
August 11, 2008
‘PRIVACY ISSUE’: The company that cloned five pit bulls for a woman who was accused of kidnapping said its services could play a part in stabilizing customers
“There was no reason to check her background.”
A South Korean cloning company said yesterday it had no plans to screen its future customers, despite a scandal involving a US client accused of abducting a man decades ago.
Ra Jeong-chan, the head of Seoul-based RNL Bio, said he was unaware of the criminal records of Bernann McKinney, accused of kidnapping a Mormon missionary in England, handcuffing him to a bed and making him her sex slave.
Bernann McKinney gained widespread prominence recently when she had RNL clone five pups from her beloved pit bull, Booger. The firm claims that the puppies, for which McKinney paid US$50,000, represent the first successful commercial cloning of a canine.
But the intense media coverage of the event also helped expose the 31-year-old mystery.
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