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Chinese Firm Can Now Produce 500 Cloned Pigs Per Year

Soulskill posted about 8 months ago | from the baconators-for-all dept.

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Sockatume writes "According to an article published by the BBC, Chinese firm BGI has refined cloning procedures to the point where they can produce 500 pigs per year, performing two embryo implantations per day with a 70-80% success rate. Much of the operation is concerned with producing genetically-engineered animals for research. The biotech firm's other work includes million-individual-scale animal and plant genetic sequencing."

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Finally! (5, Funny)

almitydave (2452422) | about 8 months ago | (#45956735)

Mankind's millennia-long dream for perfect bacon is nearing realization!

Re:Finally! (3, Funny)

Razgorov Prikazka (1699498) | about 8 months ago | (#45957107)

and now they are at it... why not implement some chicken DNA as well. Have bacon and egg`s in one go.
Oh, and bread DNA, baked beans DNA, orange juice DNA, coffee DNA, newspaper DNA, naging wife DNA, sunrise DNA and some razorburn DNA and we are all set for the day!
What a glorious future it will be!

Re:Finally! (1)

icebike (68054) | about 8 months ago | (#45957275)

and now they are at it... why not implement some chicken DNA as well. Have bacon and egg`s in one go.

Wait, wouldn't that open the floodgates of hell and lead to Avian Flu and Swine Flu combining into the Death and Breakfast Flu?
Oh the humanity!

Re:Finally! (3, Funny)

Antipater (2053064) | about 8 months ago | (#45957693)

Breakfast Flu?

In this country we call that a "hangover".

Re:Finally! (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45957117)

Fluorescent pigs are already a thing:
http://www.thesleuthjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/glow-in-the-dark-pigs.jpg

Bacon you can find in the dark!

Ambrosia (1)

Finallyjoined!!! (1158431) | about 8 months ago | (#45957231)

Bacon: Food of the gods!

EOF.

Re:Ambrosia (1)

ackthpt (218170) | about 8 months ago | (#45957413)

Bacon: Food of the gods!

EOF.

if you lift your hands to heaven you will have bacon from 500 pigs...

Re:Ambrosia (1, Flamebait)

Finallyjoined!!! (1158431) | about 8 months ago | (#45957507)

Don't understand your post, is this a religious thing?

If so; please count me out, I hate religion. Turns ostensibly sensible people into *nutters*.

Re:Finally! (2, Insightful)

i kan reed (749298) | about 8 months ago | (#45957233)

Inviting the most downmods in my entire history of posting to slashdot, but bacon isn't that good, in fact being one of the least flavorful cuts of meat, and I wish the internet would come to terms with that fact.

Re:Finally! (2)

Finallyjoined!!! (1158431) | about 8 months ago | (#45957367)

Heh, at least you're prepared for the downvote storm.
A bacon & runny egg roll from a greasy spoon is the absolute best hangover cure. Certainly the tastiest.

If you think bacon tasteless you're buying it from the wrong place, try a local butcher.
Mine can be found here http://www.wards-meats.co.uk/products.htm [wards-meats.co.uk]

Re:Finally! (1)

i kan reed (749298) | about 8 months ago | (#45957555)

I mean, it's not "grilled chicken breast" level of flavorless that it can't stand on it's own, but even from pigs, bacon doesn't stand up to a good rib or loin.

Re:Finally! (1)

Finallyjoined!!! (1158431) | about 8 months ago | (#45957633)

Depends how you cook it & the provenance of the bacon.
Top tip: Try bacon from a local butcher's shop, dry cured & not pumped full of nasty salty water.

Re:Finally! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45957573)

Holy shit! Warn people before they click on links with backgrounds like that!

Re:Finally! (1)

Finallyjoined!!! (1158431) | about 8 months ago | (#45957683)

Consider yourself lucky, they removed all the *blink* tags last year. :-)

Re:Finally! (1)

Tukz (664339) | about 8 months ago | (#45957551)

Don't buy the salted bacon at the local supermarket, go to the butchers.

Re:Finally! (1)

i kan reed (749298) | about 8 months ago | (#45957625)

I'm sorry, but "it's really good if you find a good source" is a claim that applies to every single foodstuff. I can compare supermarket apples to supermarket oranges, and still know my local farmers market does both better.

Re:Finally! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45957739)

the problem is the difference between supermarket bacon and bacon from a good butcher is worlds apart, they even use completely different processes in the curing of the bacon, really they are 2 separate products.

Re:Finally! (1)

Finallyjoined!!! (1158431) | about 8 months ago | (#45957813)

Spot on AC, the man says "you talk bollocks" but makes no apposite case.

Re:Finally! (1)

bloodhawk (813939) | about 8 months ago | (#45957663)

traditional smoked bacon from a good butcher is with out a doubt one of the most flavourful cuts of meat available (at least in my opinion). You are probably buying your bacon from a supermarket or cheap butcher.

Re:Finally! (1)

JanneM (7445) | about 8 months ago | (#45957925)

I think that's the point, really: to make it taste good you need to cure and smoke it to the point where you could have used cardboard dipped in lard without noticing much of a difference.

Re:Finally! (1)

ackthpt (218170) | about 8 months ago | (#45957269)

Mankind's millennia-long dream for perfect bacon is nearing realization!

It's the exact same bacon, but does it taste better?

"when i realized my breakfast bacon tasted precisely like my breakfast bacon of two months back, why, my MONOCLE POPPED RIGHT OUT!"

Re:Finally! (1)

egcagrac0 (1410377) | about 8 months ago | (#45957333)

It's the exact same bacon, but does it taste better?

It's probably not the exact same bacon. I expect terroir [wikipedia.org] will come into play - minor differences in diet and season may produce obvious differences in the fat marbling and quality. Also, there's sure to be variance in processing (this batch was smoked with 7 year old hickory twigs, where that batch was smoked with 9 year old hickory sticks - the wood-to-bark ratio changes the flavor in subtle and mysterious ways...)

Re:Finally! (2)

ackthpt (218170) | about 8 months ago | (#45957449)

It's the exact same bacon, but does it taste better?

It's probably not the exact same bacon. I expect terroir [wikipedia.org] will come into play - minor differences in diet and season may produce obvious differences in the fat marbling and quality. Also, there's sure to be variance in processing (this batch was smoked with 7 year old hickory twigs, where that batch was smoked with 9 year old hickory sticks - the wood-to-bark ratio changes the flavor in subtle and mysterious ways...)

I can't help but project the cloning of 500 pigs is pointless if you do not raise them on precisely the same diet, same amount, same schedule. Otherwise you could just leave it to nature to create 500 piglets for you.

Re:Finally! (1)

egcagrac0 (1410377) | about 8 months ago | (#45957607)

They've already said that they can currently do two implantations per day.

Assuming we get a 12 piglet litter per implantation, that's a result of 24 piglets per day... so all 500 won't be on the same schedule with the current production methods.

Re:Finally! (1)

reboot246 (623534) | about 8 months ago | (#45957875)

You're going to have to do a lot better than 500 pigs per year. That's a drop in the bucket. When you reach tens of thousands per year get back to me.

Re:Finally! (1)

BobMcD (601576) | about 8 months ago | (#45958035)

Yep. My family's small time operation in the 90s produced well over 500 feeder pigs each year - no cloning involved.

We already have enough police officers (4, Funny)

Russ1642 (1087959) | about 8 months ago | (#45956737)

We already have enough police officers. We don't need a clone factory.

Re:We already have enough police officers (1)

icebike (68054) | about 8 months ago | (#45957319)

We already have enough police officers. We don't need a clone factory.

That's what you think. Robocop 2014 [youtube.com] is being released next month.

Ok. (1)

jellomizer (103300) | about 8 months ago | (#45956751)

I am fine with cloning. Now heck even for food. Meat is meat. Still I think it is cheaper to take a male pig and a female pig and just raise them the old way and get just as good results for cheaper.

If you have issues with cloning then you probably should have issues with identical twins.

Re:Ok. (2)

Charliemopps (1157495) | about 8 months ago | (#45956917)

Right in the summary is says these are used for research.

Re:Ok. (1)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about 8 months ago | (#45957111)

Yes, yes, but is it gastronomical or gastrophysical research?

Re:Ok. (1)

ApplePy (2703131) | about 8 months ago | (#45956949)

Except they will be patented... and your bacon price will reflect licensing costs....

Re:Ok. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45957047)

For some of you that might be the case. I own part of a small farm that rears rare-breed pigs, sheep and goats.
The bacon produced by the pigs beats anything you can buy in the shops especially what Americans call that apology for bacon that they grill until crisp.

Re:Ok. (1)

Victor_0x53h (1164907) | about 8 months ago | (#45956951)

If you have issues with cloning then you probably should have issues with identical twins.

I probably have The Shining to thank for my hesitation in embracing cloned bacon!

Re:Ok. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45957023)

Still I think it is cheaper to take a male pig and a female pig and just raise them the old way and get just as good results for cheaper.

To which the obvious response is "But if nobody figures out how to do this, we'll never get to a future where cloned pigs can be bought for 3 a penny". After all, riding horseback is faster than that stupid steam-powered thing some guy in France created that only goes a 3 mph and keeps breaking down.

Re:Ok. (1)

Knuckles (8964) | about 8 months ago | (#45957123)

If you have issues with cloning then you probably should have issues with identical twins.

I would have issues with identical twins if they were industrially produced (and to be eaten no less) and posed a thread to non-cloned reproduction.

Re:Ok. (1)

icebike (68054) | about 8 months ago | (#45957389)

If you have issues with cloning then you probably should have issues with identical twins.

I would have issues with identical twins if they were industrially produced (and to be eaten no less) and posed a thread to non-cloned reproduction.

At only 500 per year, of even 100 times that, I don't think there is a problem. Remember that they still need to gestated in a pig.
One boar and several sows can do that without all the drama.

Re:Ok. (1)

Knuckles (8964) | about 8 months ago | (#45957429)

I'm not talking of the 500 now, but of where the whole thing shall lead to.

Re:Ok. (1)

icebike (68054) | about 8 months ago | (#45957605)

Given the same number of sows, subtract the scientists, the laboratory, the uncertainty, and one boar.

It will always be cheaper to just breed them.
The average litter size in pigs is between 8 and 12 piglets per large pig.

Re:Ok. (1)

bob_super (3391281) | about 8 months ago | (#45957919)

Until American taste for bacon means that the pigs can't even breed anymore.
Like for turkey.

Whether coned bacon would beat inseminated bacon is a question you need to ask to the guy extracting the male contribution...

Re:Ok. (2)

maxwell demon (590494) | about 8 months ago | (#45957147)

Well, one danger in cloning is that it may hamper the diversity, and therefore may make the pigs more vulnerable to illnesses. This is not so much an issue if it's only animals for research, but if a large number of the animals for food are cloned, it's a real danger.

After all, there's a reason why animals evolved to use sexual reproduction almost exclusively, although asexual reproduction is much more efficient. Sexual reproduction guarantees that the offspring has sufficiently diverse genetics that the illnesses can't too easily adapt.

Re:Ok. (1)

mark-t (151149) | about 8 months ago | (#45957591)

Well, one danger in cloning is that it may hamper the diversity, and therefore may make the pigs more vulnerable to illnesses.

I saw what you did there...

Re:Ok. (1)

cusco (717999) | about 8 months ago | (#45958031)

Keep in mind, these are not food animals but research critters. You don't want the variability of sexual reproduction when you're testing (for example) the effects of different combinations of multi-drug cocktails, or the interaction between different percentages of heavy metal contamination. The people who have created goats that produce desired drugs in their milk have had trouble with the inserted gene being bred out, cloning would prevent that.

Re:Ok. (1)

Mitsoid (837831) | about 8 months ago | (#45958053)

However, if you were doing a study on the effects of Drug X on Pigs (or any other animal).. having a dozen genetically identical pigs would be a huge benefit. I imagine it would make the statistical margins smaller.

Great, more tech workers coming soon. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45956761)

Attention H1Bs: you will have new competition from the chinese clones.

Re:Great, more tech workers coming soon. (1)

Tablizer (95088) | about 8 months ago | (#45957737)

Attention H1Bs: you will have new competition from the chinese clones.

H1Bacon

If they fall behind on a project, you can always place them between bread.

Can I get a copy of myself. (1)

Trachman (3499895) | about 8 months ago | (#45956773)

Reminds me the scene from the Star Wars were Obi wan Kanobi is visiting the clone breeding planet... So... Chinese scientist managed to get cloning at the industrial level, hope this is not too expensive. Does anybody know the name of this chinese firm? Can I send my salive and get a copy of myself in 9-10 months? How much that will cost?

Re:Can I get a copy of myself. (4, Funny)

Russ1642 (1087959) | about 8 months ago | (#45956805)

Can I send my salive and get a copy of myself in 9-10 months? How much that will cost?

Might I suggest a half-clone. They're way cheaper and a hell of a lot more fun to make.

Re:Can I get a copy of myself. (1)

Doug Otto (2821601) | about 8 months ago | (#45956835)

This is /. While you're statement is true, it's likely impossible for many regular posters.

Re:Can I get a copy of myself. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45957137)

Apparently so is choosing the correct homophone.

Re:Can I get a copy of myself. (1)

Njovich (553857) | about 8 months ago | (#45957151)

Obviously never been married. On both advantages.

Re:Can I get a copy of myself. (1)

Russ1642 (1087959) | about 8 months ago | (#45957219)

What does marriage have to do with it?

Re:Can I get a copy of myself. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45957491)

Baby Jebus will smite you down if you have sex before the church says you can.

Killing brown folk in the middle east is ok though.

Re:Can I get a copy of myself. (1)

OglinTatas (710589) | about 8 months ago | (#45957701)

Also with a clone, when he turns out to be a disappointment you have no one to blame but yourself.
With a half clone, at least you have plausible deniability

Re:Can I get a copy of myself. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45957799)

There's nothing cheap about half clones. Maybe making them is inexpensive, but have you looked at the cost of college/university these days?

Re:Can I get a copy of myself. (1)

bob_super (3391281) | about 8 months ago | (#45957987)

> Maybe making them is inexpensive

Beforehand, there's champagne and flowers
During the build, there are strawberries and ice cream
And, like the local loop, the most expensive is the last few inches.

If you have a factory in a third-world country, it's cheap, but the odds of issues are higher. If you have a first-world factory, even making them is expensive.
The only part that's cheap is the checkout process when you are ordering.

Re:Can I get a copy of myself. (1)

egcagrac0 (1410377) | about 8 months ago | (#45956911)

Can I send my salive and get a copy of myself in 9-10 months?

Are you a pig?

Re:Can I get a copy of myself. (2)

icebike (68054) | about 8 months ago | (#45957457)

Can I send my salive and get a copy of myself in 9-10 months?

Are you a pig?

Are you saying the same can't be done with humans?
Are you sure its not being done already?
70 to 80 percent success rate is high enough for more than a few women to choose this,
to say nothing about with a gun to their head.

Makin` Bacon! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45956785)

Sort of takes all the fun out of it for the little porkers?

They trying to avoid Monsanto IP?

scale up the process to produce.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45956821)

a billion identical Chinese. Now we can confidently claim that they look alike! mod/flame me down.

One disturbing aspect... (2)

SuperKendall (25149) | about 8 months ago | (#45956833)

Although it sounds cool, I can't help but being a little weirded out by the thought of the exact same pig being experimented on endlessly throughout time...

A little like the multiple Ripley clone scene from Alien Resurrection.

Re:One disturbing aspect... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45957213)

the thought of the exact same pig being experimented on endlessly throughout time...

For the love of the God-of-Parents, please may it be Pepper Pig!

Re:One disturbing aspect... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45957667)

If you think that's a little weird, there's a line of cancerous cells used in research that came from Henrietta Lacks, who died more than 50 years ago.

Re:One disturbing aspect... (1)

bob_super (3391281) | about 8 months ago | (#45958005)

Don't worry, they will all be slaughtered by Arthur Dent.

Can they clone sheep? (4, Funny)

hessian (467078) | about 8 months ago | (#45956841)

I always wanted a harem.

Farming via cloning will never happen (1)

Gothmolly (148874) | about 8 months ago | (#45956847)

Animals are good at farking. You won't beat that for efficiency.

Now, whether or not they should be eaten is another matter.

Re:Farming via cloning will never happen (1)

Charliemopps (1157495) | about 8 months ago | (#45956957)

yea, but evolution tends to make animals that are better at making more animals... and not make them more tasty and fatter. They'll eventually genetically engineer the perfect pig... 2000lbs of pure fat and bacon... then they'll clone the heck out of that because the damned things wont survive long enough to breed.

Re:Farming via cloning will never happen (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45957185)

yea, but evolution tends to make animals that are better at making more animals... and not make them more tasty and fatter. They'll eventually genetically engineer the perfect pig... 2000lbs of pure fat and bacon... then they'll clone the heck out of that because the damned things wont survive long enough to breed.

They've been raising and breeding pigs for lean meat for over a decade now. That's where the money is. It's not the bacon.

Re:Farming via cloning will never happen (1)

timeOday (582209) | about 8 months ago | (#45957797)

Look at dogs, we've churned out lots of species that aren't so good and surviving or reproducing, in order to emphasize cuteness or uniqueness or whatever.

Re:Farming via cloning will never happen (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45957673)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artificial_insemination

> Artificial insemination of farm animals is very common in today's agriculture industry in the developed world, especially for breeding dairy cattle (75% of all inseminations). Swine are also bred using this method (up to 85% of all inseminations). It provides an economical means for a livestock breeder to improve their herds utilizing males having very desirable traits.

Can the turn themselves (1)

db10 (740174) | about 8 months ago | (#45956889)

..into bacon?

eating cops I mean pigs (1)

Fluffy the Destroyer (3459643) | about 8 months ago | (#45956895)

Any studies with the effect of eating meat from a genetically-engineered pig ? I know it's for research but cloning pigs for eating could be a temporary solution for over population as everyone knows that the bigger the city the bigger the need for meat. Or you can think of people who need food. this cloning tech could be a solution. Not the best one but better than nothing

Re:eating cops I mean pigs (1)

bws111 (1216812) | about 8 months ago | (#45957029)

How is cloning in any way more efficient than traditional breeding? This says they can do 2 implantations a day. I bet a regular pig farm can do way more than that.

Re:eating cops I mean pigs (1)

alexander_686 (957440) | about 8 months ago | (#45957315)

Cloning increases the repeatability and eliminates the variances in animal research, and thus increases the efficiency of the research being done.

If you are looking for eating animals – that is a pig of a different color.

Re:eating cops I mean pigs (1)

bws111 (1216812) | about 8 months ago | (#45957359)

Right. I understand the reason they are doing it (research), but the GP seemed to think that somehow cloning would lead to more food being available.

Re:eating cops I mean pigs (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | about 8 months ago | (#45957291)

Cloning is not genetic engineering. By definition, the cloned pig is genetically identical (up to the normal mutations that happen during normal grow-up) to the original. If the original one was not genetically modified, then the clone isn't either.

The effect of eating meat from a genetically engineered pig should depend on what exactly was modified. It may be more healthy (if it was engineered to be), more unhealthy (if it was engineered instead to have an advantage in farming, and the change has an unplanned side effect), just as healthy, or even outright deadly (if e.g. the genetic modification was for the pig to produce some medicine instead of for food, and you happen to be in a condition that this medicine kills you).

Going bananas (1)

gmuslera (3436) | about 8 months ago | (#45956937)

The ability to clone (not specially genetic manipulation, but getting exact copies) should not be very dangerous. And we are doing some sort of it with bananas already, picking the best ones following certain criteria and cloning them. The problem, as with bananas, is that it will have the same vulnerabilities, if they become vulnerable to a particular strain of a disease and the industry becomes too dependant of the cloned ones instead of the "natural" ones.

Obligatory Piggly 3 reference... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45956943)

Piggly 3
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJIqbMp3cY0

Cloning sucks. (2)

strstr (539330) | about 8 months ago | (#45957051)

In other news, cloning is fun to know how to do, but totally worthless because it has no valid applications.

You have cloning for food, but, why not just.. grow the meat on scaffolds to eat right then and there? Why clone or grow an entire animal, when you can just grow the meat and body parts you want to eat directly. Also, vegetables are better for people anyway, so why not just abandon meat eating entirely?

Then there's cloning for sexual gratification. The idea of cloning a women or man for sex, who has the form of another the person wants to fuck. Well, that's selfish and totally purposeless, because who cares what types of perceived pleasure a person is having in their mind? It has like no benefit to the outside world, and doesn't get anybody shit.

Re:Cloning sucks. (1)

Another, completely (812244) | about 8 months ago | (#45957183)

In other news, cloning is fun to know how to do, but totally worthless because it has no valid applications.

You left out the cloning to eliminate most variables when you give an experimental medical treatment to one animal but not to another. I'm surprised you thought about cloning sex slaves before getting to that one.

Re:Cloning sucks. (1)

strstr (539330) | about 8 months ago | (#45957539)

Well, cloning even for medical purposes is purposeless. Because medications are all inherently the same, we understand we're just usually blocking receptors and shit in the cells of tissue. They aren't ineffective, mutilate people, and don't cure. They're the biggest waste when it comes to health, but also the only treatment being made because it's so cheap and easy to dispense (magic bullet that doesn't do shit in a pill!). So because I know they do experiments like this a lot, using animals and meds on them, there's practically no reason to experiment with them.

If they need to study cancer of something, there's no shortage of cancer to study in regular animals. And people. It's not like we need clones for that..

And despite popular misconception about medicine, is much less complicated then it really seems because there are only so many possibilities. Therefore, it requires basically no experimentation, at least when it comes to clones. Also, today, experimentation is mostly done by low end noobs who have no understanding on what they're doing, or what they're looking for. It is done, but it is unnecessary. If we got organized a little more, and focused on medicine and treatments that were actually worth researching and worth designing instead of just randomly picking around looking for anything we can pass off as a 'blockbuster' medication or something, we wouldn't do it at all as much as we do. They do a lot of experimentation when they don't even have insight into the conditions they're studying without any actual reason to be doing it, it's all purposeless.

I do see benefit in cloned organs, for transplants. But that can be done with scaffolds and stem cells, not requiring entire animals (normally). If someone wanted the perfect organ transplant they might grow an entire clone, cause it is al naturally grown..

Re:Cloning sucks. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45957719)

I ran 'strstr' looking for any sense in your post and it came up NULL.

Re:Cloning sucks. (1)

bws111 (1216812) | about 8 months ago | (#45957209)

Wait, you never heard of 'eliminating variables'?

Re:Cloning sucks. (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | about 8 months ago | (#45957395)

So those pigs are going to solve out algebra problems? ;-)

[Note to the humour-impaired: No need to educate me what was meant with "eliminating variables", I know it.]

Re:Cloning sucks. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45957839)

Also, vegetables are better for people anyway, so why not just abandon meat eating entirely?

They're not, actually. At least not until they've been thoroughly processed to remove natural toxins. Sure, there are some fruits and veggies that can be eaten without processing, but nearly all meats can be (modulo a little heating to kill parasites.) Try eating castor or lima beans without prep. Or rhubarb leaves. And that's just from plants which are supposed to be edible. Others cannot be made harmless at all: certain mushrooms or toadstools, nightshade berries, oleander, daffodil bulbs, etc....

No, safer to eat meat. Also more nutritious by weight.

Re:Cloning sucks. (1)

bloodhawk (813939) | about 8 months ago | (#45957899)

In other news, cloning is fun to know how to do, but totally worthless because it has no valid applications.

No valid applications?
Consistent repeatable results in medical testing? eliminates genetic variables which can and do affect results
producing foods with consistent desirable properties, not sure you have noticed but a good portion of the world is poor and or starving..
cloning is also excellent research towards the ability to clone body parts for transplants to reduce complications and rejection.
I am sure there are many many other highly valuable uses for cloning, just because you are too warped to think of anything but sex slaves doesn't mean the rest of us are as twisted as you.

Deja Bacon (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45957087)

The feeling that you've eaten this bacon before :)

GMOs and cloning are the devil (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45957099)

Go watch "Food, Inc." (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1286537/) and stop buying GMO food now.

Re:GMOs and cloning are the devil (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45957265)

Oh good, the anti-intellectual, anti-science brigade has reached Slashdot.

I can't wait! (-1, Flamebait)

larry bagina (561269) | about 8 months ago | (#45957105)

I hope they start cloning Natalie Portman soon! Just imagine ... me, with hot grits in my pants, and Natalie Portman, naked and petrified. Heck, even if she's not petrified it will still be awesome!

Meh... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45957199)

Call me when they can clone Jessica Alba...

And when a serious disease strikes.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45957221)

They'll nearly all be wiped out in one go, rather than some individuals being resistant through genetic variation and some not, as happens in nature.

That's why thr plan for "million scale" implementations is utterly stupid.

Re:And when a serious disease strikes.... (1)

bws111 (1216812) | about 8 months ago | (#45957433)

The only thing 'utterly stupid' is you. Nowhere does it say they are going to produce a million animals. It says, quite clearly, that they are going to sequence the genomes of a million animals (and a million plants, and a million people).

wow the are making americans (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45957253)

lol wow they are making americans

So rude (1)

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) | about 8 months ago | (#45957271)

Chinese Firm Can Now Produce 500 Cloned Pigs Per Year

So can Hollywood!

Haw haw haw!

So can a World of Warcraft clan!

So can a university Greek fraternity or sorority system!

Wait, wait! So can a biennial Congressional election!

etc.

One word - Cavendish Banana (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45957281)

Bacon will become extinct... the end of civilization as we know it is nigh.

Favorite quote from article (1)

PuddleBoy (544111) | about 8 months ago | (#45957287)

"If it tastes good, you should sequence it"

Fast forward 100 years and all livestock is cloned into 'taste-families': you can define the general palette of tastes you enjoy, and they produce it.

OK, maybe only 30 years...

Re:Favorite quote from article (1)

Tablizer (95088) | about 8 months ago | (#45957767)

The 6 flavors of Kevin's bacon?

What Charlotte wrote (1)

TheloniousToady (3343045) | about 8 months ago | (#45957411)

The next morning, there in the web, neatly woven, were the words SOME PIGS!

Keep at it china! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45957859)

Waiting in anticipation for the hybrid pig boy;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ftb09o6O7sw

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