In 1998, cows were successfully cloned for the first time in Japan. Approximately 300 beef cows, 150 dairy cows, and 200 pigs have been cloned in the United States. A Texas, based company began cloning champion horses in March 2006, which can sell for as much as $150,000 per horse. And pet cats can be cloned by a private company for $32,000.
Pushing ahead with cloning animals for food, researchers have cloned pigs whose meat contains higher levels of omega 3 fatty acids by blending a gene from earthworms with the pig’s genetic material. No one has tasted the transgenic piglets meat, yet. Nevertheless, scientists hope to clone chickens and cows with high levels of omega 3s in the future.
Even as theis poised to approve cloned animals for human consumption, there are concerns about the process impact on animal health and the insufficient research on eating meat or drinking milk from cloned animals.
The FDA has approved meat and milk from cloned animals and their offspring for human consumption, despite widespread concerns..