Apart from the ethical considerations, cloning technologies seem to be moving quite fast. A biotech company from China has founded the base of cloning factory, which will be able to supplement China’s beef demands. According to an official statement, Boyalife won’t produce human clones, so there will be no need to worry about Frankenstein roaming free in the neighbourhood.
Boyalife, the company specialized in biotechnology and on animal cloning techniques, is reportedly the largest animal cloning factory in the world. Although the company is striving to supplement China’s ever increasing demand for cow meant, it would seem that this is not the only thing that the factory is producing.
According to their plans, it seems that the factory is keen of cloning several other animals. For example, Boyalife plans on cloning premium quality race horses, high-quality cattle for consumption. Moreover, the factory also plans on cloning a special breed of dogs, that could potentially be used in anti-terrorism actions or for drug-sniffing.
Doctor Xu Xiaochun, the company’s executive made a few press declaration regarding Boyalife’s endeavors. The doctor stated that the company’s main concern is to increase cattle production all over China. This must be don in order to keep the pace with China’s ever increasing demand for beef, which has allegedly increased tenfold in the last decade.
Xiaochun said that the company’s primary goal is to deliver high-quality meat. Now, regarding other ethical considerations, the scientists declared that there is no need for concern. The Tianjin-based company will not engage in cloning human beings in the nearby future.
That’s because the ethical boundaries regarding human cloning are much too thin and there are many things which have to be considered before such a decision could be made.
Jokingly, the Chinese scientists added that the factory won’t produce human clones, so we should not fear about Frankenstein breaking loose from the laboratory. However, Xiaochun said that as technology evolves so does our view on what we can do and what we cannot do. More specifically, ethical boundaries, like all human concepts, can either expand or contract.
It is very likely that in the near future, we could witness a profound change of mind. Meanwhile, the Chinese-based factory is continuing its research regarding ways of meeting the food demands. And the process seems to be almost neverending since China expands quite rapidly.
The cattle produced by Boyalife must maintain some high standards in the area of meat quality, this attribute being at the core of Boyalife’s philosophy.