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Old 02-18-2008, 08:58 AM   #1
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Your Steak Medium, Rare or Cloned?

Interesting TIME article: Your Steak Medium, Rare or Cloned? - TIME

Just wondering what others think of this. Would it affect your purchase decisions if you knew whether or not your meat was coming from a cloned animal or not?


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Old 02-18-2008, 09:54 AM   #2
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Not a bit. The cloned meat would be identical to the meat from which it sprang.

Medium rare to rare, please.

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Old 02-18-2008, 11:11 AM   #3
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I'm with GrillingFool. I could care less if the meat is cloned or not. Med-rare to medium for me.
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Old 02-18-2008, 11:31 AM   #4
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Rare please and if it is cloned, that is fine by me!
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Old 02-18-2008, 02:34 PM   #5
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My preference is that the animal is grass fed with plenty of room to roam. If it's cloned, just make sure the field is big enough for the both of them.

Rare please, with a side of still mooing.
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Old 02-18-2008, 02:38 PM   #6
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No problem with cloned here either. Med rare.
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Old 02-18-2008, 02:44 PM   #7
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Medium rare is all I care about.
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Old 02-18-2008, 03:06 PM   #8
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I'm not sure if I would eat cloned meat immediately. I have no issues with the concept of cloning, but it's my understanding that cloned animals have a high degree of genetic abnormalities, probably due to the concentrating of a single gene "pool" (since everyone has some genetic abnormalities or propensities. I guess I'd probably wait to see if this presents any issues along the line.
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Old 02-18-2008, 03:14 PM   #9
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I have one questions: The article says that a cloned cow costs between $10,000 and $20,000 while a standard cow costs about $50. The article also says that cloned cows will never amount to more than a minuscule part of the market.
So what are the benefits if cloning costs so much more and will never account for a majority of the meat sold?
I know the article says the benefit is that cloning can do in a short time what has taken breeders decades to do, but if breeders have been doing it for decades, how much more can there be left to breed out?
But, it also says that what they hope to do is improve the animal thru genetic engineering. I thought these were too different things? One being a GM cow and the other being a Cloned cow.
I know this may sound stupid to those with more knowledge about this stuff, but it seems to me that cloning is not the end result of what they want, but more the means to get to what they want quicker which is GM cows.
I am not saying there is anything wrong with that, just saying it seems to be the goal they are working towards.

Other than that, medium rare please. And if you can get me the cow from Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, the one that can point out what it's best cuts are for you, that would be way cool too...
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Old 02-18-2008, 05:17 PM   #10
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Remember when color TV's cost a mint. Now they are dirt cheap. Same goes for calculators, computers, you name it.

With cloning, over time, maybe all of us can enjoy Kobe beef.

Right now I have no problem with eating cloned beef. But order mine on the rare side unless the chef really knows what medium rare means.

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