viernes, diciembre 29, 2006

ME JUEGO un potecito de polonio-210 a que los mismos que van a ponerse hechos unas fieras porque EEUU ha dado luz verde al consumo de la carne y la leche de animales clonados, diciendo que es una aberración peligrosa para la salud, son los mismos que han estado aplaudiendo con las orejas la clonación terapéutica de humanos.

ACTUALIZACIÓN. Ya podré envenenar a algún espía ruso porque he ganado la apuesta, y la cosa no ha hecho más que empezar. Pruebas de mi victoria: comparad esto de entonces, con esto de ahora.

Even if the F.D.A.’s assessment is formally approved in a few months, though, it is unlikely that consumers will see steaks or pork chops from cloned animals at the local supermarket with any regularity. Industry officials estimate there are now only about 500 or 600 cloned cows in the United States, out of roughly 44 million beef and dairy cows. There are roughly 200 cloned pigs.

Moreover, experts say that cloning is too expensive to be used to make animals just to grind them into hamburger or even to milk them.

Rather, farmers and breeders are cloning prized livestock so they can then be used for breeding using more conventional means of reproduction. A prized bull used for breeding, for instance, can sell for tens of thousands of dollars, so it might make sense to make copies of that bull.
El Washington Post:
Cloning animals with superior genetics will make animal products better and less expensive. Breeders aim to grow genetic twins of animals with desirable traits -- such as leaner, tastier meat -- in order to breed them and improve herds over generations. The only difference between this technique and traditional animal husbandry is the production of a genetic copy at the outset. As more high-quality breeding stock becomes available, the value of such animals will decrease, lowering production costs. Americans who don't want to eat animal products made this way will undoubtedly have the opportunity to do so through niche producers.

Opposition to the cloning of livestock has proved powerful. The International Dairy Foods Association helped delay FDA action for years out of fear that American dairy goods would become less attractive abroad. According to the Pew poll, a large number of Americans object to animal cloning out of religious concerns, views that anti-cloning groups will no doubt exploit to distract the public from the scientific evidence. But the FDA's job, in this as in other matters, is to fairly assess the science.