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China to Open World’s Largest Animal Cloning Factory in Tianjin

Contributed by on November 24, 2015 at 12:05 pm

China is causing online alarm with plans to build the world’s largest animal cloning factory producing dogs, horses and up to a million beef cattle a year.

The committee has signed a strategic agreement with Yingke Boya Gene Technology (Tianjin) Ltd., a subsidiary of Boyalife Group Ltd, a leading company in stem cell and biological medicine industry in China.

China will soon be home to the largest animal cloning facility in the world, where everything from cattle to domestic pets will be factory-engineered starting in 2016. “China has made the impression that we are followers or the copycats, but with cloning we will gradually become a global leader”, he added, apparently missing the irony of launching a cloning center while eschewing the label of “copycat”.

“Chinese farmers are struggling to produce enough beef cattle to meet market demand”, said Boyalife chairman Xu Xiaochun. According to China Daily, this venture is an animal cloning pioneer, with 550 dogs for special airport security and customs tasks projected to be cloned by the end of 2015.

Sooam’s website lists instructions for potential customers who want to clone a dead pet dog: wrap the body with wet towels and store it in a refrigerator, rather than a freezer.

Hwang Woo-suk, the founder of Sooam Biotech, was involved in controversy 10 years ago when he and two chinese research institutions claimed to have cloned human embroyos.

“Is cloning even legal?” asked one.

The cloning plant will be built in the Tianjin Economic and Technological Development Area (TEDA), which business development park sponsored by the Chinese government.

Around 200m yuan (£20.5m) has been invested in the centre, which will also include a gene storage area and a museum.

Boyalife co-established the country’s first commercial cloning company, BoyaLife-Hbion Institute of Life Science, previous year along with the South Korea-based Sooam Biotech Research Foundation.

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