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China plans to clone family pets

China has announced plans to build a giant animal cloning facility. BoyaLife, the company behind the project, has confirmed that operations will begin in 2016 in the Chinese city of Tianjin.

Over £20m will be invested in the new site which aims to produce thousands of cow embryos a year to meet China’s growing demand for beef. The 14,000-square-metre facility will also create clones of racehorses, sniffer dogs and family pets.

BoyaLife’s chief executive Xu Xiaochun told the Guardian: “This is going to change our world and our lives,” he said. “It is going to make our life better. So we are very, very excited about it.”

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The UK will not be investing in similar projects in the near future. In September, the cloning of animals for farming in Europe was banned as a result of welfare considerations.

Given our cautious approach, it seems unlikely large numbers of UK owners would choose replicate their much-loved pet but BoyaLife seems to feel that, in China at least, there’s a market for clones.

 

 

 

 

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