Farming cloned animals becomes a reality
The creator of Dolly the sheep, Professor Keith Campbell is calling on
farmers ans spreading his belief that animal cloning is the answer to producing
Professor Keith Campbell
was cited as believing the country's
farms should be populated by super strong, super-sized offspring of
It is believe that the US can expect to be eating clone-farmed meat
within the coming two years, and supporters are saying that Europe should follow
The daughter of a US clone cow was born on a British farm for the first
time this year, making cloning reproduction a reality. Apparently the intent of
this cow is to help breed Britain's future milking cow herds.
First step to wider use
Campbell said yesterday that this should be the first step to a far
wider use of cloned animals to produce food from cattle, pigs, chicken and
sheep. He is also supported by campaigners who insist that meat and milk from
cloned offspring is identical to the food in supermarkets and should not be
A controversial issue
However, it is inevitable that this will become a very controversial
issue, especially if consumers are denied the right to choose if they will or
will not eat cloned food.
Perhaps one of the biggest concerns will be the
high number of clone-animal pregnancies that lead to abnormalities, miscarriages
Accelerate genetic improvements
"It is just another technique that we can add to
accelerate genetic improvements to farm animal species," Campbell argues.
"Cloning allows us to multiply elite animals."
He added that there is 'no conceivable risk' in eating food produced
from the off-spring of clones, suggesting the only barrier to the technology is
The US Food & Drug Administration is expected to give approval for
the technology, without a requirement for labelling, later this year.
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