Why deal with the risk of raising livestock when you can ensure consistency by cloning animals? At some point, a paraphrase of that question loomed in Asia and someone gave the green light because China’s now building the world’s biggest animal cloning center
Opening next year in the port city of Tianjin, the center’s purpose has stirred heat and raised some eyebrows, as many are concerned with the strange concept of eating cloned animals, though Chinese supermarkets already use the tech for fruits.
Cloning technology could help China reduce its reliance on cattle imports, a recent development for a country increasingly demanding beef, says Zhu Yi, associate professor at China Agricultural University. However, she’s the first to admit, “But long term, this is not a solution.”
The brainchild of Chinese biotech company Boyalife Group and South Korean cloning research firm Sooam Biotech, the massive $500-million center will include a research laboratory, a gene bank, and a museum.
According to Boyalife’s chief executive Xu Xiaochun, “This is the only way to allow Chinese and many other people in the world to enjoy high-quality beef in an efficient manner.”