Genetically modified cow gives birth in China, stirs debate over “GM beef”

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The news that China’s first cloned, genetically modified cow gave birth to a healthy calf has sparked a new round of debate among Chinese netizens over the controversial technology.

The calf is the product of artificial insemination between a naturally grown cattle and one of China’s first genetically modified cloned cow born in 2012. Researchers leading the experiment said the successful breed is a crucial step towards producing domestic marbled beef.

However, most of the netizens have expressed their worry over the harms that genetically modified food may cause to humans, holding the belief that genetic engineering is against the law of nature.

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A comparatively smaller group of supporters believed that genetic modification would be a major direction for future researches and people should not let fears for new things beyond their understanding cloud their judgement.

Below are some comments from the opinion page of China’s Sina News:

@hkstttto60132: Science must have a moral bottom line, otherwise it would be extremely horrible.

@aganmu: If you want to eat it, you eat it. But please let the ones against the technology have the right to be informed and make choices. So please put a tag on genetically modified beef in supermarkets!

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@asuanq: This is great news! I support such research, in agriculture in particular. It is understandable that we haven’t known enough about the new technology, but do not rush into conclusions.

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