Time Magazine has recently said that Snuppy, the first cloned dog, is 2005's most amazing invention.
The 5-month-old Afghan hound was cloned at Seoul National University in Korea by a 45-person team headed by Professor Woo Suk Hwang. The puppy's genes are derived from a single cell that were taken from the ear of an adult Afghan, rather than from the egg and sperm of the parents.
The technique that was used to create Snuppy, somatic nuclear cell transfer, is also the same that British researchers used to create the world's first cloned mammal, Dolly the sheep.
Each year, Time's technology, science, and health writers choose the inventions that they feel made a huge impact that year. Other inventions featured include a bicycle with a hydrogen-poweredfuel-cell engine, a camcorder designed for a one-time use, and also a robotic cat that is able to recognize speech commands.
Snuppy: 2005's Most Amazing Invention
November 25, 2005