Not only will it clone cattle, but the factory, which will be located in the northern Chinese port of Tianjin, will also cater to more specific needs by genetically engineering police dogs and thoroughbred race horses.
Xu Xiaochun, CEO of Boyalife, said: “Everything in the supermarket looks good – it’s almost all shiny, good-looking, and uniformly shaped. For animals, we weren’t able to do that in the past.
“But with our cloning factory, we choose to do so now.
Questions of ethics have risen about cloning
“If this is allowed. I don’t think there are other companies better than Boyalife that make better technology.”
While ethical questions are bound to rise, the US’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said that “meat and milk from cow, pig, and goat clones and the offspring of any animal clones are as safe as food we eat every day.”
It will bring pets back to life
He said: “Unfortunately, currently, the only way to have a child is to have it be half its mum, half its dad.
“Maybe in the future you have three choices instead of one.
“We want the public to see that cloning is really not that crazy, that scientists aren’t weird, dressed in lab coats, hiding behind a sealed door doing weird experiments.”
Inside the factory will be a 15,000 square metre laboratory, an animal centre and a gene bank.
However, the ambition has grown, and the team hope to be cloning peoples’ beloved deceased pets eventually too.