Chinese open world's largest cloning factory
Published 02/12/2015 | 02:30
A seemingly unstoppable hunger for beef in China has pushed the country to extremes and it is now building a whopping €30m animal cloning factory.
It is opening the world's biggest animal cloning factory which they say will make what is controversial science a little bit more acceptable.
The commercial grade facility will be built in Tianjin to produce one million calves a year as well as sniffer dogs and clones of the beloved family pet.
Animal cloning dates back to Dolly the sheep who became the first cloned mammal and was born in Scotland in 1996.
Such cloning of animals was banned in Europe in September for animal welfare reasons, but the Chinese factory has good backing.
Supporting the plant is Xu Xiaochun, chairman of Chinese biotechnology company BoyaLife, who dismissed such welfare concerns.
"Let me ask one question," he said. "Was this ban based on scientific rationale or ethical rationale or political agenda?
"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.