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Scientist in China hints at human cloning

By T.K. Randall
December 2, 2015 · Comment icon 16 comments

Dolly the sheep - the world's first cloned mammal. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Toni Barros
The man behind China's 'cloning factory' has suggested that it should now be possible to clone a human.
Xu Xiaochun, the chief executive of Boyalife which is currently building a large scale cloning plant in the Chinese port of Tianjin, maintains that the technology to create a human clone already exists and that the only reason it isn't happening now is because of the probability of a public backlash.

"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."
Once the new facility opens its doors within the next seven months it will create cloned cattle on a scale never seen before with over one million animals a year being produced by the year 2020.

There are also plans to create cloned racehorses, police dogs and many other animals.

Boyalife's South Korean partner Sooam, which is also working on cloning technology, is currently developing a way to bring back the mammoth by cloning cells from a specimen found in Siberia.

Source: Discovery News | Comments (16)




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Comment icon #7 Posted by OverSword 9 years ago
I'd not be surprised to find out that experimentation with human cloning has been going on for years already, just behind the scenes. The ethical principles of the public don't always ensure these things do not happen entirely. Of course, this is just speculation, but I wouldn't put such a thing passed mankind. I don't think so. Not because there are not scientists out there that would love to do it, but because it's an expensive process and companies that own the equipment capable of doing it wouldn't spend the money since there would be no immediate return on the investment.
Comment icon #8 Posted by FlyingAngel 9 years ago
- organs harvest - cloning intelligent scientist like Einstein then keep in a cage And this is the final destination
Comment icon #9 Posted by BeastieRunner 9 years ago
... you'd have to raise Einstien's clone exactly the same as he was to get the same results ...
Comment icon #10 Posted by Calibeliever 9 years ago
... you'd have to raise Einstien's clone exactly the same as he was to get the same results ... Common sense would say you're right. But someone is going to want to run that experiment to be sure.
Comment icon #11 Posted by jarjarbinks 9 years ago
Serious question guys : If you were a scientist capable of cloning a human, would you do it if a very very rich chinese (or whatever country the guy come from) would ask you to clone a top model because he want to have her as a sex slave ? (were talking about millions of $ in exchange of your work)
Comment icon #12 Posted by iUser 9 years ago
Why would anybody want to clone humans? Slavery is highly profitable and man-made clones can't claim human rights. Can't wait to start this fight...
Comment icon #13 Posted by iUser 9 years ago
Why would anybody want to clone humans? Slavery is highly profitable and man-made clones can't claim human rights. Can't wait to start this fight...
Comment icon #14 Posted by FlyingAngel 9 years ago
Serious question guys : If you were a scientist capable of cloning a human, would you do it if a very very rich chinese (or whatever country the guy come from) would ask you to clone a top model because he want to have her as a sex slave ? (were talking about millions of $ in exchange of your work) Is there anything that prevent us from saying yes? $ + woman (I on test on her first), it's a win-win situation Why would anybody want to clone humans? Slavery is highly profitable and man-made clones can't claim human rights. Can't wait to start this fight... They can't claim human rights? Unless y... [More]
Comment icon #15 Posted by iUser 9 years ago
Is there anything that prevent us from saying yes? $ + woman (I on test on her first), it's a win-win situation They can't claim human rights? Unless you can prove they are clones and not humans. Hmmm...I'd call you naive, but for that crude first statement. There are currently an estimated 30 million slaves in the world today, all inarguably human, yet unable to claim human rights secondary to oppression or discrimination. Odds are good that nobody will need to prove anything. There will always be those who look to own others, whether for profit, or just for personal interests more along the ... [More]
Comment icon #16 Posted by FlyingAngel 9 years ago
Hmmm...I'd call you naive, but for that crude first statement. There are currently an estimated 30 million slaves in the world today, all inarguably human, yet unable to claim human rights secondary to oppression or discrimination. Odds are good that nobody will need to prove anything. There will always be those who look to own others, whether for profit, or just for personal interests more along the lines of your creepy idea of "product" testing. Slave? Where? Probably because they accept that, accept a job even when the owner mistreat them. Clone is slave? When? No one can own the clones exc... [More]


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