Tianjin animal cloning center

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The Tianjin animal cloning center is a cloning factory currently under construction in the Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area of Tianjin, China. [1]

Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area

Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area, commonly abbreviated as TEDA is the main free market zone in Binhai, Tianjin, China. It was formed in late 1984.



The factory is being developed by Sinica, a subsidiary of the Chinese company Boyalife, along with the Institute of Molecular Medicine at Peking University, the Tianjin International Joint Academy of Biomedicine, and the Sooam Bioengineering Research Institute in South Korea. [2]

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Facility and operations

The 14,000-square-metre facility will have a laboratory, a cloning center, a gene bank, and educational exhibits for the public. [1] The consortium plans to spend 200 million RMB (US$31 million) to produce 100,000 cloned cattle per year for China's rapidly growing beef market, with plans to expand to one million cattle per year [3] [2] (China planned to buy one million head of cattle from Australia in 2016 at a cost of US$2 billion [4] ). In addition to cows, the factory plans to clone many different types of animals, including dogs, horses, and endangered and extinct animals. [5] [6]

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