Beefing up the stock of China's cows

A handout photo made available by the Beijing University of Agriculture showing cloned cow Niu Niu at the school's experimentation base in Beijing on Tuesday. Niu Niu is a genetically modified cow, and is one of two clones born in 2012 with a gene ad
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A handout photo made available by the Beijing University of Agriculture showing cloned cow Niu Niu at the school's experimentation base in Beijing on Tuesday. Niu Niu is a genetically modified cow, and is one of two clones born in 2012 with a gene added to augment the fat level of their muscles. She recently gave birth to a healthy calf, which has been seen as a big step towards producing domestic, marbled beef for China.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 17, 2015, with the headline 'Beefing up the stock of China's cows'. Print Edition | Subscribe