Sinogene Biotechnology, a Chinese biotechnology company, linked to the communist regime, announced the successful cloning of an “Asian wolf” specimen this week. The news rekindles fears about the implications of knowledge in this controversial area ending up in the hands of firms or governments with limited ethical values.
The communist propaganda media Global Times enthusiastically announced on Monday, September 19, the “successful cloning of the world’s first wild arctic wolf.” And it added that the little specimen they named Maya “is now 100 days old and in good health.”
According to the company director, Mi Jidong, quoted by the official newspaper Global Times, this is the first case of cloning an Arctic wolf.
Mi Jidong and those responsible for the experiment held a press conference. They also reported that the donor cell was obtained from a fur sample of a female Arctic wolf of Canadian origin, and the oocyte came from a female dog whose breed was not specified. In addition, another female Beagle dog carried out the gestation.
The Arctic wolf, also known as the white wolf or polar wolf, is a subspecies of gray wolf native to the Arctic archipelago of northern Canada. Its conservation status, the metric used to determine how close a species is to extinction, is considered low risk because its Arctic habitat is remote enough to evade hunters.
The firm Sinogene announced the launch of its Arctic wolf cloning project in 2020, in collaboration with the Harbin Polarland polar theme park, and used a technological process known as somatic cell nuclear transfer. This technique was used to create the first mammalian clone, Dolly the sheep, in 1996.
The aim of carrying out the controversial cloning technique is that, if successful, it could be used to save other species threatened with extinction.
Sinogene also announced plans to enter into an agreement with the Beijing Wildlife Park to continue research on the applications of cloning technology in the breeding and conservation of endangered wildlife.
Warnings about possible negative consequences of cloning experiments
Following the announcement of the success of the cloning project, other scientists and industry professionals warned of potential technical and ethical problems with this type of controversial procedure.
Such is the case of Sun Quanhui, a scientist attached to the World Organization for the Protection of Animals, who pointed out to the Global Times that despite the advances in cloning technologies, very little is known about the possible risks associated with cloned animals.
The risks mentioned by the scientist range from the animals’ health to how releasing these cloned animals could affect biodiversity. According to Sun Quanhui, this technique should only be implemented in cases of animals on the verge of extinction or those that are already extinct in the wild. None of these cases would be that of the Asiatic wolf.
Chinese regime plays with DNA and cloning technology
Different laboratories in China linked to the communist regime and its military apparatus have been announcing their advances in cloning and controversial experiments associated with animal and human DNA for years.
In 2019, the Chinese regime was plunged into an intense controversy when scientist He Jiankui claimed that he had created the first genetically manipulated babies.
Critics claimed that the experiments described by He raised severe ethical concerns and warned that the technology was far from being sufficiently developed for reproductive purposes.
The revelation and the subsequent uproar it caused forced the regime’s authorities to open a so-called investigation that resulted in a three-year prison sentence for the scientist, who was released from prison last April.
The list of strange experiments by firms and laboratories linked to the Chinese communist regime seems endless and is growing longer and longer. For example, on June 2, it was reported that researchers at Nankai University in China claimed to have successfully cloned the first pigs using robots and without human intervention.
Liu Yaowei, one of the researchers who developed the robotic cloning system, stated that no human operations were involved in the process, as had happened in the past.
A team of technology industry specialists on artificial intelligence warned about the Chinese regime’s financial support to its biotechnology sector, its advantages in biological data collection, and the interest of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in possible military applications.
The team warned of the risk of artificial intelligence being used to identify genetic weaknesses in a population, engineering pathogens to exploit them, and genetic research designed to improve soldiers’ mental or physical strength.
In parallel, many consistent reports claim that Chinese companies linked to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) have collected DNA from millions of people in China and abroad.
Now, a renowned U.S. cybersecurity expert claims that these companies can create digital replicas of Americans, posing a significant security risk to the U.S. and the West.
John Mills, former director of cybersecurity policy, strategy, and international affairs at the Department of Defense dropped the bombshell and alerted the scientific community and those charged with national security.
“They have the capacity to create these complex models of each of us. They’re making digital twins of us,” Mills explained.
In many cases, the extent to which scientific development can be achieved with DNA samples demonstrates that reality can overcome fiction. For example, it is already known that using such samples could easily create biological weapons that affect certain ethnic groups and not others, using the exact mechanism as the controversial herbicides. But some reports indicate that the CCP may also use DNA to enhance people’s physical or mental characteristics.
In October 2020, it was reported that the Chinese Communist regime genetically modified its military to make it more powerful, thus transgressing any established barriers of scientific ethics.