China Clone Factory Is Eyeing Human Replication

Posted: Dec 2 2015, 2:03am CST | by , Updated: Dec 2 2015, 2:16am CST, in News | Latest Science News

Chinese Factory is Eyeing Human Cloning
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China is setting up world's largest cloning factory to fulfil rising demands of beef

China is setting up world’s largest animal cloning factory in its Northeastern region Tianjin to meet the countries rapid rising demand of beef.

The project is a joint venture between Chinese biotechnology firm Boyalife and a South Korean company and is expected to start functioning earlier next year.

“Chinese farmers are struggling to produce enough beef cattle to meet market demand.” Chief executive Xu Xiaochun explains the reason of establishing the clone factory in official website.

The factory will produce 100,000 cattle embryos a year and will eventually take the number to 1 million. The firm claims that their technology is advanced enough to clone not only cattle but also sniffer and pet dogs, racehorses and even humans but they are holding on doing so due to possible public backlash.

"The technology is already there," said Xu. "If this is allowed, I don't think there are other companies better than Boyalife that make better technology."

The company will definitely want to carry out human replication if the mindset changes in future.

“Unfortunately, currently, the only way to have a child is to have it be half its mum, half its dad,” said Xu. “Maybe in the future you have three choices instead of one,” he went on. “You either have fifty-fifty, or you have a choice of having the genetics 100 percent from Daddy or 100 percent from Mummy. This is only a choice.”

Boyalife is teaming up with a South Korean company Sooam Biotech that created the first ever cloned dog, named Snuppy, in 2005. And both companies are now aiming to create cloned super-cattle that will taste super and produce more meat.

“Everything in the supermarket looks good, it’s almost all shiny, good-looking and uniformly shaped. For animals, we weren’t able to do that in the past. But with our cloning factory, we choose to do so now.” Xu said.

‘Dolly’ sheep was the first ever animal cloned by the scientists. Since then, a number of animals including mice, pigs and cattle have replicated. Setting up a cloning animal center on commercial basis is a giant step forward in the field of bioengineering.

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