China building world’s biggest animal cloning factory
China is building the world's biggest animal cloning factory where it will recreate sniffer dogs, pets, racehorses and beef cattle. These animals will be used for commercial services and improving breeds. Chinese scientists had signed 200 million yuan deal to create a commercial animal cloning centre in Tianjin, northeastern China.
The factory will be built in the Tianjin Economic and Technological Development Area (TEDA), a business development park sponsored by the government. Construction of the main building has already begun and scientists will start working there in the first half of 2016. The factory is the latest step in Chinese attempts to become a world leader in cloning technology.
The centre will be jointly built by Sinica, Peking University's Institute of Molecular Medicine, the Tianjin International Joint Academy of Biomedicine and South Korea's Sooam Biotech Research Foundation. The factory also plans to set up a cloning lab, a gene bank and a science education centre.
Since 2000, Chinese scientists have cloned sheep, cattle and pigs. China's first commercial cloning company was established in September 2014 in Shandong province with the birth of three pure-blooded Tibetan mastiff puppies. The firm is a joint venture between Boyalife and Sooam Biotech. Sinica has cloned more than 550 sniffer dogs working for airports, customs and police.
This year during April scientists from Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou successfully edited human DNA in an embryo for the first time by "cleaving" a gene responsible for beta thalassemia, a common and sometimes deadly blood disorder among children in southern China.
Scientists in Shanghai have also been rewriting the rules of reproduction with a groundbreaking experiment that combined genetic material from two female mice to create healthy offspring