Christmas is a busy time of the year. Often times we hear our friends say “If only I could clone myself”. Well guess what? It looks like not so far down the road, you may be able to do exactly that. Turns out there’s a company in China that is already cloning dogs. Sounds crazy right? Except how many of you would like to bring your pet that died back to life?
In a story on Yahoo!News:
Beijing (AFP) – The Chinese scientist behind the world’s biggest cloning factory has technology advanced enough to replicate humans, he told AFP, and is only holding off for fear of the public reaction.
But cattle are only the beginning of chief executive Xu Xiaochun’s ambitions.
In the factory pipeline are also thoroughbred racehorses, as well as pet and police dogs, specialised in searching and sniffing.
Boyalife is already working with its South Korean partner Sooam and the Chinese Academy of Sciences to improve primate cloning capacity to create better test animals for disease research.
And it is a short biological step from monkeys to humans — potentially raising a host of moral and ethical controversies.
“The technology is already there,” Xu said. “If this is allowed, I don’t think there are other companies better than Boyalife that make better technology.”
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.
So from cows to pets to people, looks like China is once again using technology to create businesses and profits. The real question is really a moral question isn’t it? First you bring your dog Fluffy back, then what? Dinosaurs? People? Uncle George. Aunt Thelma. Where do you draw the line with bioethics? How far would you go?
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Written by Nancy Hayes
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