The UK’s cloning conundrum

By Peter Griffin 06/08/2010

Animal cloning is back in the spotlight in Britain following news that meat and milk from the offspring of cloned cattle may have ended up in products sold at British retailers.

It is illegal to sell cloned material in the UK without approval, though scientists approached by the Science Media Centre in London suggest there are no adverse effects of consuming milk and meat of cloned animals. But the UK is still touchy about beef following mad cow disease, hence the media’s interest in cloning this week. It does raise some interesting questions about the oversight of cloned materials.

How exactly does a bull from the embryo of a cloned US cow come to be slaughtered and eaten in Britain? The infographic below from the Daily Mail tracks the clones of that blissfully oblivious US cow…

Source: Daily Mail
Source: Daily Mail