South Korean airport fights drug smugglers with cloned dogs

At Incheon Airport, the Korean Custom Service has turned to seven cloned pooches to sniff out drug mules. These golden Labrador Retrievers are all the genetic duplicates of Chase, a retired drug-sniffing dog whose nose was among the most discerning Incheon had ever seen.

So far the airport's had remarkable success apprehending smugglers with these mutts, who cost $100,000 a pop. You can watch a day in the life of four-year-old Tutu, one of these "Toppies" — short for "tomorrow's puppies" — above.

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The Toppies are the creation of Byeong-Chun Lee of Seoul National University, who spends his days creating glow-in-the-dark dogs and cloning wolves. In addition to the drug-sniffing dogs, the airport may clone "quarantine-sniffing dogs" who have the ability to detect certain infectious diseases among passengers.

However abhorrent you may find cloning, I don't want to live in a world where there aren't too many Labrador Retrievers. Unless they block out the sun or something, that is.

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[CNN via Singularity Hub]

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Dr Emilio Lizardo

I'm confused. There are Golden Retrievers and Labrador Retrievers. Is a Golden Labrador Retriever a cross between the two?