|New Chinese “Clone Factory” Will Produce 1 Million Cows A year|
When scientists first managed to clone Dolly the sheep, he triggered a global debate on ethics and potential of cloning technology. While this debate rages, however, research in this area has continued unabated. Now less than 20 years after the first science born perfect double of a mammal cloning an entire plant is under construction in Tianjin, China.
The roughly $ 31 million facility is being built by the biotechnology firm called BoyaLife and should open sometime next year. The company will initially produce 100,000 calf embryos per year, but they provide only extend one million in the near future. In addition to cows, the factory also produce racehorses, sniffing dogs and even recreate pets that have died. The company hopes to tap into growing demand in China for beef, which caused prices to triple in recent years.
The installation is of course not without controversy. The cloning of animals was banned in the European Union last September because of animal welfare problems. The technology just is not advanced enough to raise the animals regularly and ethically. According Renate Sommer, MEP "the mortality rate remains as high. Many animals that are born alive die within the first few weeks and they die painfully. Should we afford it?"
Of course, the President of BoyaLife feels differently about the issue. "A ban based on scientific justification or ethical justification or political agenda? "Asked the telegraph before adding that" the legislation is still behind science. "But in the field of cloning, I think we are going in the wrong direction and starts killing technology".