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Scientists ‘reclone’ world’s first cloned dog

Ever since scientists cloned the first animal, a sheep named Dolly, one important question on everyone’s mind was whether or not a clone can expect a poorer health. This is still an open question, one that South Korean researchers hope to settle in time. They’ve essentially cloned a clone, using cells from the world’s first cloned dog, an Afghan hound named Snuppy. Nov. 21

TThe  news report on the cloning comes to us just after the New Moon of Nov. 18.  The lead scientists involved in the work are from Seoul National University, Korea.

The New Moon [26sc] is conjunct the star mu Serpentis near Ophiuchus’ left hand.  Since time immemorial serpents have been associated with the capacity to regenerate themselves linked with their ability to shed their skins. The association of the serpent (Serpens) with this constellation, Ophiuchus, may indicate the miraculous powers of the medicine-man. Ophiuchus often identified with Aesculapius, we are told, was the first doctor of medicine with the ability to restore people to life.

 A chart for the New Moon at Seoul shown here has a Mars-Pluto square straddling the Ascendant.
Medical astrology recognizes Mars-Pluto to be associated with artificial limbs. [1]

The MARS/PLUTO midpoint often can be found in connection with the replacement of natural organs or functions by artificial substitutes, such as arms, legs, joints, dentures etc.[2]
When we extend this concept of replication of organs, Mars-Pluto can be seen to also rule the copying of an entire organism as in cloning.

But what is being cloned? The answer comes from the stars on the Ascendant in the constellation of Canis Major, the Greater Dog!

[2] Dictionary of Medical astrology, Diane L. Cramer pg 5