Skip to comments.China cloning on an 'industrial scale'
Posted on 01/14/2014 7:27:56 AM PST by Theoria
You hear the squeals of the pigs long before reaching a set of long buildings set in rolling hills in southern China.
Feeding time produces a frenzy as the animals strain against the railings around their pens. But this is no ordinary farm.
Run by a fast-growing company called BGI, this facility has become the world's largest centre for the cloning of pigs.
The technology involved is not particularly novel - but what is new is the application of mass production.
The first shed contains 90 animals in two long rows. They look perfectly normal, as one would expect, but each of them is carrying cloned embryos. Many are clones themselves.
This place produces an astonishing 500 cloned pigs a year: China is exploiting science on an industrial scale.
To my surprise, we're taken to see how the work is done. A room next to the pens serves as a surgery and a sow is under anaesthetic, lying on her back on an operating table. An oxygen mask is fitted over her snout and she's breathing steadily. Blue plastic bags cover her trotters.
Two technicians have inserted a fibre-optic probe to locate the sow's uterus. A third retrieves a small test-tube from a fridge: these are the blastocysts, early stage embryos prepared in a lab. In a moment, they will be implanted.
The room is not air-conditioned; nor is it particularly clean. Flies buzz around the pig's head.
My first thought is that the operation is being conducted with an air of total routine. Even the presence of a foreign television crew seems to make little difference. The animal is comfortable but there's no sensitivity about how we might react, let alone what animal rights campaigners might make of it all.
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Sounds like an ideal breeding ground for disease.
Genetic variation is a good thing.
They are not cloning stock for consumption but for research. In medical and pharma research, a great many specimens are cloned and genetically bred for very specific traits. These are very useful when you first have to give the specimen a certain disease and then work the medicine to fix it. There are mice and rats that are bred with no immune system, no skin pigment, brain peculiarities, no fur, etc. By the way, these are expensive animals. You don't feed them to your pet python.
That squares nicely with their One Child Policy. / SARCsarcsarcsarcsarc
One Child, Many Copies.
Knowing a few millennials, I think they've been quite successful already.........
I don’t know what all the fuss is about. They’ve been cloning humans in Appalachia for generations.
They are doing everything in an industrial scale. They are having a huge science/industry explosion while we are imploding. And using words like “shocking” and “reeling” won’t help the fact we are heading to a 3rd world country with nukes. You can thank all the free-loadeders on our decline..
Lol. You're right. I guess the main difference being one they'd create in the lab, as opposed to through brainwashing and indoctrination.
And if they don't get done in by the schools, the Hollywood/media/rat complex will go a long way in finishing them off!
All hail Pajama boy, the newly cloned gelding!!!!
Obomunists don’t need to clone an army of pajamaboys. They churn them out at taxpayer expense from college indocrination centers.