Chinese plant poised to clone cows, horses... and dogs

The world's largest animal cloning site is currently under construction in China. Eventually, it should produce horses, cows and dogs in series.

Located at 150 kilometers east of Beijing, in the port city of Tianjin, this production center currently represents an investment of 200 million yuan (29.4 million euros) for Chinese biotechnology company Boyalife and its South Korean counterpart Sooam Biotech, reported AFP . And when its construction is finished, the two companies hope that this factory will be able to manufacture various animals with the aim of not only feeding, but also protecting the population.

Indeed, the "production" which should start by next year should allow - thanks to the cloning of domestic animals - the creation of a million cows a year, horses and especially police dogs

Skepticism

"Chinese farmers have difficulties producing enough meat cows to meet market demand" , also justified the leaders of the joint venture to explain why commercialization on an industrial scale. However, Chinese netizens - still scalded by the controversy over the cloning of human embryos that hit the Sooam Biotech lab and seemingly unenthusiastic about the project - are quite skeptical about the consumption of meat from cloned animals "Will this meat be sold in South Korea or China? If it's in China, let's ask our leaders to eat it first ", a Web surfer joked.

Moreover, it is on his website that the company South Korean details to potential interested in how to have their dead pet cloned . "When your dog dies, do not put it in a freezer (...) Wrap the body in a wet bath towel (...) Put it in a refrigerator to keep it cool. Then, a veterinarian must pick up the cells that will remain viable until five days after the death. The cells are then sent to Korea where the eggs are implanted in a dog that will act as mother-carrier ", can we actually read on.

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