Chinese scientists have signed a deal to establish a commercial animal cloning center in the northern port city of Tianjin, edging the controversial science closer to mainstream acceptance. The plant in the Tianjin Economic and Technological Development Area (TEDA), a government-sponsored business development park, will clone animals including sniffer and pet dogs, beef cattle and racehorses. Its main building is already under construction and due to be put into use in the first half of 2016, said sources on Monday…Full Article: Xinhua Nov 2015
- The Tianjin cloning center will be built by a consortium including by Sinica, Peking University’s Institute of Molecular Medicine, the Tianjin International Joint Academy of Biomedicine, and the Republic of Korea’s Sooam Biotech Research Foundation. Once operational, the center will produce 100,000 cattle embryos annually, with the target goal of expanding to 1 million embryos.
- On 20 November 2015, Sinica, a subsidiary of the Jiangsu-based Boyalife Group, signed an agreement with the Tianjin Economic and Technological Development Area (TEDA). Sinica specialized on stem cell research and regenerative medicine.
- In September 2014, China established its first commercial cloning company, a JV between Boyalife and Sooam Biotech, in Shandong province. The JV produced three pure-blooded Tibetan mastiffs.
- In August 2015, one of the cloned cows (born in 2012) gave birth to a healthy calf that had increased fat tissue within its muscle.
- In June 2015, Ningbo Tech-Bank’s new subsidiary, Choice Genetics China, announced it would establish a subsidiary (~US$2 million investment) in Hexian county, Ma’anshan, [eastern] Anhui province. This location is also home to Hanswine Swine Industry Ltd, a subsidiary of Ningbo Tech-Bank.
- In August 2014, Ningbo Tech-Bank Co Ltd. acquired a 40.69% stake in Choice Genetics SAS, swine breeder, from France’s Groupe Grimaud.
- In 2012, two cloned cows were produced/born in China which were modified to include gene that produces increased fat within the muscle (e.g. marbled beef).
- In 1990, the world’s first GM cow was produced. The cow, Herman the Bull, was modified to include a human gene (lactoferrin) so that its female descendants (heifers) would produce a human milk protein. The experiment was not a commercial success.