The FDA is on the verge of approving cloned cows as safe for eating. That means you could be eating cloned cow's milk and thick beef clonesteaks by next Friday. Yum! According to a rather sober assessment in the Wall Street Journal, however, it's not likely that Black Angus will start having clone cuts on their menus. It's so expensive to clone cows that the consumer market will see few of them. Instead, companies are planning to use them as breeding stock. The whole thing makes me think of Margaret Atwood's chickie knobs in Oryx and Crake.
A truly brilliant invention, the chickie knobs are basically vat-grown chicken that has been so incredibly genetically modified that they're basically balls of flesh with holes to stick food in, and an ass to poop out of. They're the epitome of the grotesque bio-engineered world of tomorrow that Atwood portrays so horrifyingly in the novel.
When the FDA approves cloned meat for consumption, you can bet that people will freak out about it. Though there are no known health risks associated with eating clones (you eat cloned veggies all the time), people just think it's icky. Not sure why it's somehow ickier to eat a clone than it is to eat a cow bred for generations to be dumb and fat, but whatever.
Cloned Livestock Poised to Receive FDA Clearance [WSJ]