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.
Dolly the sheep became the first cloned mammal when she was born in Scotland in 1996.
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But Xu Xiaochun, chairman of Chinese biotechnology company BoyaLife that is backing the facility, dismissed such concerns. Presenting cloning as a safeguard of biodiversity, the Tianjin facility will house a gene bank capable of holding up to approximately five million cell samples frozen in liquid nitrogen -– a catalogue of the world’s endangered species for future regeneration.
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Hwang, who created Snuppy, the world’s first cloned dog, in 2005, lost his university position, had two major papers retracted, and was accused of crimes ranging from violation of bioethics laws to embezzling research funds. Earlier this year he was quoted in South Korea’s Dong-A Ilbo newspaper saying that his firm was planning a cloning joint venture in China “because of South Korea’s bioethics law that prohibits the use of human eggs”.
“We have decided to locate the facilities in China in case we enter the phase of applying the technology to human bodies,” he was quoted as saying. slaughter less and produce more” to meet the demands of China’s booming middle class.
Cloning differs from genetic modification, but its application to animals would enable the firm to homogenise its output.
There is controversy over whether cloned beef is safe for human consumption — research by the US Food and Drug Adminstration says that it is, but the European parliament has backed a ban on cloned animals and products in the food chain.
The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization has yet to review the issue. Han Lanzhi, a GMO safety specialist at the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, said Boyalife’s claims about the safety, scope and timeline of their operations were alarming — and implausible.
“To get approval for the safety of cloned animals would be a very drawn-out process Xu sought to be reassuring, telling: “We want the public to see that cloning is really not that crazy, that scientists aren’t weird, dressed in lab coats, hiding behind a sealed door doing weird experiments.”