You hear the squeals of the pigs long before reaching a set of long buildings set
in rolling hills in southern China.
Feeding time produces a frenzy as the animals strain against the railings
around their pens. But this is no ordinary farm.
Run by a fast-growing company called BGI, this facility has become the
world's largest centre for the cloning of pigs.
The technology involved is not particularly novel - but what is new is the
application of mass production.
The first shed contains 90 animals in two long rows. They look perfectly
normal, as one would expect, but each of them is carrying cloned embryos. Many
are clones themselves.
This place produces an astonishing 500 cloned pigs a year: China is
exploiting science on an industrial scale.
If it tastes good you should sequence it... you should know
what's in the genes of that species”End
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