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    x marks the spot EXODUS's Avatar
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    Default Cloned meat one step closer to dinner plate


    It may be some time yet before Dolly and her cloned siblings are dished up on the dinner table, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to move one step closer to that reality.

    The administration is expected to announce soon that milk from cloned animals, as well as their offspring, are safe to eat, the Washington Post reported this week.

    Canada is no stranger to the science of cloning. Canadian scientists have had a hand in the phenomenon for years, successfully cloning Starbuck, one of the first cloned cows.

    Health Canada has been studying the viability of putting cloned products on the market for two years, but so far has given no hint as to which way it is leaning in terms of future regulations.

    It's unlikely that cloned animals themselves will be sold any time soon -- they're simply too expensive to engineer -- but their offspring may end up on the market if Health Canada follows the FDA lead. Starbuck has fathered 15 offspring.

    Lawrence Smith, a professor at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Montreal, is a leader in the field of cloning domestic livestock and favours the U.S. move.

    "Once in every hundred years you get one animal that is super," said Smith. "And it just disappears when it dies. But through cloning you could keep it alive."

    Consumer reaction to the concept of cloned food is mixed, at best. Some groups say it's a health risk simply not work taking,

    "It doesn't serve the public in any way," said Craig Culp, media director of the D.C.-based Center for Food Safety. "The only thing you get from this is risk."

    Patrick Blondin of Boviteq, a Quebec firm that has already cloned a number of animals, is excited about the possibilities and played down the risk.

    "All studies that have been done have demonstrated that it's the same as a non-cloned animal," he said.

    Food safety advocates south of the border, however, warn even small imbalances in an animal's hormone, protein, and fat levels could make meat and milk unsafe. They want much longer-term studies done before cloned food hits the shelves.

    i'm sure that in time cloning will become like fast food, cheaper and more convenient. problems like mad cow and the avian flu and other stuff like that will probably be used to support the need for cloning. this would eventually lead to regulated portions, so you could get that same steak that you enjoyed the last time and the next time and every time you want after that. and seeing the impact that the fast food business is having on society today, yielding fatter and lazier people, this would also make a great fast food alternative. i don't like the idea.

    what yall think?

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    Monster Cesare Borgia's Avatar
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    Default Re: Cloned meat one step closer to dinner plate

    it sounds like a bad idea

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    Default Re: Cloned meat one step closer to dinner plate

    yeh doesn't sound like a good idea :\
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