A canine who was instrumental in sniffing out survivors in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center will be cloned. “Trakr” is now 15 years old, and is afflicted by a degenerative neurological disorder that has restricted the use of its back legs, and lives in Los Angeles with its owner, James Symington.
“Trakr means the world to me,” Symington said. “To know that part of him is going to live on is just beyond words. It’s the greatest gift I’ve ever received.”
In the next month, BioArts said it would transport a sample of Trakr’s DNA to the South Korean lab of its partner, the Sooam Biotech Research Foundation, and the clone could be ready by the end of this year.