Human cloning is somewhat of a tricky subject. Some are for it, while others are against it. Which ever side you fall on, the technology to do it is coming. Or, depending on who you talk to, already happening.
According to Xu Xiaochun, chairman of the Boyalife group, “the technology is already there. If this is allowed, I don’t think there are other companies better than Boyalife that make better technology.”
Boyalife is currently working on a $31 million cloning facility — for cow beef, not man beef mind you — with the intentions of beginning its operations early next year. The location is Tianjin, a city roughly 100 miles southeast of Beijing.
The facility is 150,000 square feet and will be cloning cattle. Though they will focus on cloning just cattle, the company isn’t ruling out the possibility of cloning other species, and possibly, human cloning one day in the future. Though, not for a while yet.
“Unfortunately, currently, the only way to have a child is to have it be half its mum, half its dad,” said Xu. “Maybe in the future you have three choices instead of one. You either have fifty-fifty, or you have a choice of having the genetics 100 percent from daddy or 100 percent from mummy.”
The company partnering with Boyalife, Sooam Biotech Research Foundation out of South Korea, has claimed to have already successfully cloned a few types of animals, including wooly mammoths and dead pets. Apparently, those wanting clones of their deceased pets is a boom market, as some are willing to pay $100,000 to bring their dead pets back to life. The next logical step could be human loved ones, though, that’s speculation.
By 2020, Boyalife is hoping to produce up to one million cows a year. It will also replicate racehorses and police dogs. But it’s not all about cows and racehorses as the company plans on saving endangered species from extinction, too.
Though there are a few people who aren’t so enthusiastic about it. Han Lanzhi, a GMO safety specialist at the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, is a bit skeptical about the feasibility.
“To get approval for the safety of cloned animals would be a very drawn-out process, so when I heard this news, I felt very surprised,” she said. “There must be strong regulation because as a company pursuing its own interests, they could very easily do other things in the future.”
Xu wants to remove the taboo of cloning and make it an everyday thing.
“We want the public to see that cloning is really not that crazy, that scientists aren’t weird, dressed in lab coats, hiding behind a sealed door doing weird experiments,” he said.
Where do you sit on Human Cloning? Let us know in the comments section below or on social media.Source: Breitbart