On Tuesday, NBC's Tom Costello told us that the FDA would recommend that meat and dairy from cloned animals be designated safe for consumption. Now both ABC and CBS confirm Costello's report. ABC's Lisa Stark (subscription required) stated that no other country in the world has permitted clones to enter the food chain.
CBS' Thalia Assuras pointed out that humans would not actually eat the clones but their offspring instead. The clones would be made of "animals of exceptional quality" and would be used for breeding. Any FDA go-ahead would represent a business bonanza for the biotech firm ViaGen, Assuras touted. ViaGen's president told ABC's Stark that cloning for meat or milk is "simply too expensive." Clones have "higher death rates and birth defects," Stark added.
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