CHINA, as you know, is awesome(ly terrible). The country has a bunch of wacked out stuff going on which I try to ignore, but I couldn’t let this one go, because it involves dogs. Apparently, China is “genetically engineering hyper-muscular SUPER-DOGS.”
The dogs, which are test tube bred in a lab, have twice the muscle mass of their natural counterparts and are considerably stronger and faster.
The canine genome has been especially difficult to engineer and replicate – but its close similarity to the human genome means it has long been the prize of geneticists.
According to the sourcelink, the Chinese successfully cloned a dog and named it Little Long Long. (‘Cause THAT’S the first name that comes to mind when I think of a genetically engineered hyper-muscular super dog.)
The beagle puppy, one of 27, was genetically engineered by ‘deleting’ a gene called myostatin, giving it double the muscle mass of a normal beagle.
The advance genetic editing technology has been touted as a breakthrough which could herald the dawn of ‘superbreeds’, which could be stronger, faster, better at running and hunting.
The Chinese official line is that the dogs could potentially be deployed to frontline service to assist police officers.
The article goes on to say that people are worried that this will lead to real life “weaponized super humans,” kinda like Captain America.
David King, director of Human Genetics Alert (HGA), voiced his fears over what is widely viewed as the first step on a slippery slope.
He told express.co.uk: “It’s true that the more and more animals that are genetically engineered using these techniques brings us closer to the possibility of genetic engineering of humans.
“Dogs as a species, in respect of cloning are very difficult, and even more difficult to clone human beings.
“There’s no medical case for it, the scientists are interested in being the first person in the world to create a genetically engineer child.
So there you have it. That’s what China’s up to right now. Genetically engineered super dogs. It’s better than eating them, I guess.