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China to clone 1 million beef cattle a year

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 titanic1    244



China ‘cloning factory’ to produce cattle, racehorses and pets
World’s largest cloning facility in China aims to produce a million cattle a year, along with other animals

The world’s biggest animal “cloning factory” is due to open in China, producing one million calves a year, sniffer dogs and even genetic copies of the family pet.
“The mortality rate remains equally high. Many of the animals which are born alive die in the first few weeks, and they die painfully. Should we allow that?"
Renate Sommer, European Parliament’s environment committee co-rapporteur
The £21 million “commercial” facility will edge the controversial science “closer to mainstream acceptance”, Chinese media said, following the development of a technique which began when Dolly the sheep became the first cloned mammal when she was born in Scotland in 1996.
The centre may cause alarm in Europe, where the cloning of animals for farming was banned in September due to animal welfare considerations.
But Xu Xiaochun, chairman of Chinese biotechnology company BoyaLife that is backing the facility, dismissed such concerns.
“Let me ask one question. Was this ban based on scientific rationale or ethical rationale or political agenda?” Mr Xu told The Telegraph.
“Legislation is always behind science. But in the area of cloning, I think we are going the wrong way and starting to kill the technology.”



A Chinese company called Boyalife Genomics is planning to open a factory the size of three football fields in Tianjin this year, and what they’ll be manufacturing is… cows.  Clone cows.  100,000 of them per year to start, but company founder Xiao-Chun Xu dreams of cranking that production level up to a million per year.
The Daily Beast reports that Xu’s vision ultimately includes mass-producing other useful animals as well, such as race horses and drug-sniffing dogs.

Industrial cloning on this scale has never been attempted before, but the Daily Beast portrays Xu, 44, as a serious player, with the educational and entrepreneurial background to make it happen — he has a Ph.D. from Washington University, worked as a project manager for Pfizer, and serves as an adjunct professor of molecular medicine at Peking University.  His new project is reportedly attracting a great deal of interest from investors.

NBC News notes that beef consumption is growing at double-digit rates in China, but the Chinese cattle industry has not previously focused on large-scale meat production, and domestic beef has been of low quality.

The cow-cloning factory will use essentially the same procedure that created Dolly the clone sheep in the 90s: injecting template DNA into an egg, then inserting the egg into a female animal to carry the engineered egg to term.

The technique has been refined over the ensuing decade to the point that large-scale cloning operations are possible — a South Korean firm that has been cloning dogs to soothe the broken hearts of pet owners is helping Boyalife Genomics set up their cow factory.

There are already some cow-cloning operations up and running, such as Trans Ova Genetics in the United States, which produces about 100 cloned calves per year, plus pigs and horses.  The Tico Times explained in a June 2014 article about Trans Ova that cloning could “boost the production of animal protein to feed the world’s growing population” by producing lines of livestock guaranteed to possess desirable characteristics such as “leaner meat, higher milk production, and disease resistance.”

This is essentially what conventional breeders are trying to accomplish by selling sperm and eggs from prize animals, but cloning keeps that blue-ribbon DNA flowing for far longer than a single living animal could manage through the traditional collection of sperm or eggs.

Critics of cloning argue that clone animals have higher mortality rates, and the pregnancies are more difficult for the mother animals.  While the sale of food products from cloned animals is currently legal across most of the world (and approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration), a ban on cloning animals or importing their products has been proposed in the European Union.


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 YourMom2    1,354

It was suggested by a skeptic that fearless leader and company should eat the cloned beef for 10 years to make sure it's safe before marketing to the public.

:lol_alpha:   Like that would ever happen!

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