A Lab in China Clones 500 Pigs Every Year

January 21, 2014 / No Comments

Cloning is not big deal in China. In case you do not want to agree to that, read on. What we have here for you is the story of a facility that churns out 500 pig clones every year. he Shenzhen facility is a farm run by a company called BGI. What the folks over there do is implant around two pigs a day with cloned embryos. Why? What for? You tend to ask. The cloned pigs are raised and used to test out new medicines in a converted shoe factory!

pig clones A Lab in China Clones 500 Pigs Every Year

A closer look at the affairs over there would tell you that the BGI facility happen to be the world’s largest for cloning pigs. However they put to play less sophisticated facilities when compared to similar ones around the world.

Rather than using machines, BGI uses man power, employing an assembly line of 30 to 50 workers to carry out the cloning and implanting process by hand. The newborn clones then go on to be implanted with cloned embryos later in life, perpetuating the process.

It has also been reported that, along with the pig clones, the researchers also conduct gene sequencing, creating litters of genetically modified pigs with tweaked DNA to make them more susceptible to illnesses, such as Alzheimer’s. This is being done  to make medicines for such ailments.