From Publishers Weekly
Investigative reporter Woestendiek weaves together bizarrely interesting tales of rich pet owners, Korean and American scientists, ethics, and a petting zoo full of loved animals (including dogs, cats, and a Brahman bull). As readers follow the journeys of pet owners who sought to replace their companion animals with a new but genetically identical generation, they will meet a former beauty queen and kidnapping suspect who defied court custody orders and took her children around the world in order to keep them, and a pair of Korean scientists who finally succeeded in producing the first cloned dogs alongside serious allegations of scientific fraud. Woestendiek turns complex genetics into an interesting study for the layperson in a book that provides scientific background, technology update, and shock value all in one. From explaining the X-inactivation that foiled the results of the first cloned cat to relaying the story of Booger, a stray dog that learned to provide service to his injured mistress, Woestendiek educates as he entertains. Though this effort will particularly interest readers on both sides of the cloning issue, Woestendiek's conversational prose, added to the sometimes astonishing circumstances he uncovered, will entertain a wide audience. (Dec. 30)
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"Here is John Woestendiek at his best, sniffing along a trail to find a fascinating story you never heard of, and writing it in a way you'll never forget."
-Steve Lopez, author of The Soloist
"In Dog, Inc.
John Woestendiek deliciously skewers the unholy combination of consumer culture, emotional indulgence, and scientific chicanery that lie at the heart of the cloning movement, and yet somehow, in the process, he reminds us why we love our pets so much to begin with."
-Jim Gorant, author of The Lost Dogs
"It's a shame we can't clone more John Woestendieks! Dog, Inc.
is one of the best books I've read in a very long time."
-Kinky Friedman, author of Kinky Friedman's Guide to Texas Etiquette
"John Woestendiek's outstanding look at dog cloning explores what goes down when science, personal loss, and financial opportunism collide."
"The inside story behind the costly quest to clone dogs reveals at least as much about human nature as it does about copying man's best friend."
-Alan Boyle, MSNBC.com
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."
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