China’s Boyalife won’t create human clones
China-based Boyalife Group, one of the world’s largest cloning factories, has announced that it will not create human clones any time soon, even if technology allows it to do so.
Boyalife has already added hundreds of cloned bomb-sniffing dogs to anti-terrorism campaigns all through the world, and it will soon start creating as many as one million cloned cows each year.
Chief executive Dr. Xu Xiaochun said in a recent interview that creating human clones was not on the company’s agenda. He stressed that every technology must have a boundary.
When asked about the possibility of human cloning, Dr. Xiaochun said, “No, we don’t do human cloning, we won’t make Frankensteins. The technology we have is very advanced … [but if uncontrolled] technology can also do damage…Every technology has to have a boundary.”
Boyalife and its partners are currently in the process of building an enormous cloning facility in the northern Chinese port of Tianjin, where it will start production before the end of 2016.
Initially, the company will produce 100,000 embryos of prime beef cattle per annum but the number is expected to jump to one million per annum in the future. The $30-million cloning facility will focus on producing replicated racehorses and specialized search-&-sniff dogs.
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