World's Biggest Cloning Factory Claims to Have the Technology to Clone Human

  • World's Biggest Cloning Factory Claims to Have the Technology to Clone Human

World's Biggest Cloning Factory Claims to Have the Technology to Clone Human

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.

Not doing so only because of fear of public reaction: Xu Xiaochun.

Besides Boyalife Group, the other organizations involved in the project are Sooam Biotech, a South Korean research company, Peking University's Institute of Molecular Medicine, and the Tianjin International Joint Academy of Biomedicine. During the past two decades, plenty of cloned animals, including mammals, have been produced, which have brought a host of legal and moral controversies particularly over human cloning, leading some nations to pass laws against cloning human beings.

The scientists at the factory say that it would have the technology advanced enough to clone humans.

The firm does not now engage in human cloning activities, Xu said, adding that it has to be "self-restrained" because of possible adverse reaction.

While the rest of the world sorts out its feelings about the safety and ethics of cloning animals for food production, China is charging ahead and building the world's largest animal cloning factory, set to begin operations in 2016.

World's Biggest Cloning Factory Claims to Have the Technology to Clone Human
World's Biggest Cloning Factory Claims to Have the Technology to Clone Human

Additionally, the company is working with partners to improve primate cloning for disease research purposes.

The world's largest animal cloning factory in China could one day - soon - be creating human copies, according to its top scientist.

"The most important thing with any technology being used in the food supply is to ensure that products made from those technologies are safe to eat", Gregory Jaffe, biotech project director at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, said.

"And I can tell you all that cloned beef is the tastiest beef I have ever had", says Xu, according to Food Navigator-Asia.com. Since 2000, Chinese scientists have cloned sheep, cattle and pigs.

Xu Xiaochun does hope that society will eventually change its view on cloning humans, according to the Independent. "This is only a choice", the 44-year-old chief executive said. The latter is quite a lucrative market, with some people reportedly prepared to pay up to $100,000 for bringing a deceased pet back to the life as a clone.

In the future, the technology may be applied to reproduction, allowing parents more choice their child's genetic makeup, Xiaochun suggested. "You either have 50-50, or you have a choice of having the genetics 100 percent from Daddy or 100 percent from Mummy".