One of the world leaders in genetics innovation and cloning has taken another step forward, beginning the development of the world’s largest cloning factory. The facility (as pictured below) is set to open mid 2016 and focus on producing cloned cattle embryos for food. When it reaches peak productivity, the facility will produce up to 1 million cattle embryos, greatly bolstering the Chinese food industry in a country of over a billion people. This can result in the factory being responsible for 5% of the cattle market alone.
China has shown to be one of the least conservative countries when it comes to the debate of the morality and ethics between cloning and genetic modification, though sometimes it can’t afford to be conservative. There is a large amount of low quality beef that farmers already struggle to meet production quotas to meet the countries overwhelming demands. This cloning factory will ease the burden on these farmers and put out much higher quality beef. Another problem being addressed is the inefficiencies of introducing new, more desired, traits into a population. Typically, if you take a prized bull you would need to breed it into a population for 3 or 4 generations to produce the generation of bulls you wanted. With this technology, the genes from this premium bull can be integrated into the cloning process immediately.
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