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World’s Largest Cloning Facility to Open in China, Aims to Mass Produce Cloned Animals

Chinese biotechnology firm Boyalife has teamed up with South Korean company Sooam Biotech to set up what could be the world’s biggest cloning facility.

Chinese scientists started cloning animals in 2000. This year, the Chinese government has announced that it’s stepping up its efforts in cloning with a facility that’s guaranteed to mass produce a variety of animals.

State-run Xinhua News Agency noted: “Prior to this, cloning in China had been limited to scientific research. More and more companies have shown interest in investing in the technology for commercial use, especially animal husbandry.

Cloned cows are supposed to beef up China's food supply.

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Chinese biotechnology firm Boyalife has teamed up with South Korean company Sooam Biotech to set up what could be the world’s biggest cloning facility. The Korean company, by the way, is already known for running a center that clones dogs for $100,000.

Construction has already begun for the $31-million commercial animal cloning center in the northern port city of Tianjin in China. It will cover 15,000 square meters.

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According to a statement released by Chinese media, the cloning facility is “expected to produce 100,000 cattle embryos a year initially, eventually increasing to 1 million.” The cloned animals are expected to beef up the country’s food supply, as well as bring down the cost of meat.

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In his article for The Telegraph, Neil Connor pointed out, “Interest in agricultural biotechnology has been rapidly increasing in China, where farmers are struggling to provide enough beef for the country’s growing middle classes. Prices of the meat are said to have tripled from 2000 to 2013.”

Will you the meat of a cloned pig?

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Aside from cattle and other animals meant for food, the facility is will also be cloning horses for racing, bomb-sniffing dogs, and an array of pets. It’s set to start production sometime in 2016.

It goes without saying that a lot of critics are slamming China for the move. They are, in particular, concerned about the safety of the meat from cloned animals.

Zhu Yi, Professor of food science at China Agricultural University, “expressed concern about the consumption of cloned meat” and has suggested that “rigorous risk assessments and repeated experiments” be done before the cloned meat is sold for human consumption.

However, it is feared that the suggested strict quality control tests won’t be done.

Xu Xiaochun, chairman of BoyaLife, has dismissed critics’ concerns. Then, when asked about the cloning ban in Europe, he said, “Was this ban based on scientific rationale or ethical rationale or political agenda? Legislation is always behind science. But in the area of cloning, I think we are going the wrong way and starting to kill the technology.”

If you can afford it, you can have “copies” of your pet.

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Well, that only means he won’t let anything stop the cloning venture.

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Canada, Denmark Wage ‘Whisky War’ Over This Tiny Uninhabited Island

How a war should be fought!

Hans Island — which spans 0.5 square miles or 1.3 square kilometers — is the smallest island in Nares Strait, the body of water that separates Ellesmere Island and Greenland. The island is named after Hans Hendrik, an explorer and translator from Greenland who was part of some American and British Arctic expeditions.

Ellesmere Island is part of Canada, while Greenland is considered as an autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark.

The uninhabited Hans Island has no known natural resources and has been called a piece of barren rock. Despite this, Canada and Denmark are locked in a decades-old dispute over it....

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Gang In China Arrested For Selling Rat Meat as Fake Pork And Beef

I don’t know what’s safe in China anymore.

I don’t know what’s safe in China anymore. Recent news revealed that the Ministry of Public Security has arrested a gang of traders using rat, fox, and mink meat and then selling them as pork and beef. The reports tell us that 63 individuals were arrested for “hunting and buying rat and other meat products that had not undergone inspection.”

This discovery made headlines as the shocked public repeatedly spread the news on social media to warn other consumers about it.

The Ministry of Public Security has arrested 63 persons for selling rat meat as pork and beef.

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World’s Second Biggest Diamond Recovered By A Canadian Diamond Company In Botswana.

The world’s second biggest diamond and the largest find in more than a century.

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Botswana is one of the top 5 countries with the highest producing diamonds. It is also the world's richest diamond mine in terms of value and the second largest in terms of volume. In 2014, the country roughly produced 24.5 million carats with an estimated value of $3.65 billion.

Another history was made as the world's second biggest diamond was recently found in Botswana by a Canadian diamond company. The 1,111-carat stone was recovered from its Karowe mine, about 300 miles north of the capital, Gaborone. It is said to be the biggest diamond ever discovered in the country and the largest find in more than a century.

The stone measures 65 millimeters by 56 mm by 40 mm in size.

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