The cloning giant Boyalife’s CEO has reiterated the fact that no human clones will be created by his company. That comes as somewhat of a relief.
The CEO of an animal cloning company in China has reassured the rest of the world that no human cloning will take place. Thankfully that part of the science of genetic engineering is left unexplored by the behemoth known as Boyalife. The technology will only be applied to animals and that too on a limited basis.
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But the question is for how long will the CEO keep his promise. The biotech company has a $30 million facility that is situated in Tianjin.
Among the many animals that will be cloned include embryos of cattle, racehorses and bomb-sniffing canines. Within one year’s time the company will start operations.
Dr. Xu, the CEO said that his company didn’t want to go there. Human cloning was a big no-no. And though the technology Boyalife possessed was very advanced indeed, that was the very reason why there had to be limits on the progressive spirit. Nobody wanted to produce Frankenstein Monsters.
"No, we don't do human cloning, we won't make Frankensteins," said Dr. Xu Xiaochun. "The technology we have is very advanced ... [but if uncontrolled] technology can also do damage ... Every technology has to have a boundary."
When he was a boy, Xu was fascinated with plant cloning. Now that he is well into his middle age, he wants to lead China into the golden age of genetic engineering. Xu has stated that the main aim of his company is the production of cattle for the sake of quality meat.
"Our primary focus is prime quality beef," Xu told NBC News in an interview.
Beef consumption in China is growing at an exponential rate. Most of the beef is imported since the home-grown version is not so high in quality.
Initially, 100,000 embryos of prime beef will be cloned at Boyalife’s premises on an annual basis. This figure is expected to surpass the one million mark soon though.
Coming to the bomb-sniffing dogs that get cloned, they are indeed a big boon. They will serve as a valuable force in the anti-terrorism efforts of China which faces some home-grown terrorists of its own.
Over 600 cloned dogs are working at their sniffing duties on a global level. Only the most capable pooches are cloned. These then are shifted to Harvard or Peking University where they do their job on a regular basis and keep the campus safe from bombs or weapons.
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Xu spoke of how society underwent changes that dictated what would be okay and what would be sacrosanct. Nobody wanted a society filled with a million Einstein-like geniuses since such a scenario would engender problems of its own.