A U.S. company called Pembient seeks to bioengineer rhino horns with intent to flood the black market and save rhinos from extinction. According to PR Newswire, Pembient CEO Matthew Markus states, “We surveyed users of rhino horn and found that 45% of them would accept using rhino horn made from a lab. In comparison, only 15% said they would use water buffalo horn, the official substitute for rhino horn.” In a later article, “Biotech and 3-D Printing Could Make Rhino Poaching Pointless,” Markus adds, “We can meet the demand for horns at one-eighth the black-market price. “We’ll make money; the poaching syndicates won’t.”
The process of bioengineering these “rhino” horns is discussed in the following video.
More issues with regard to flooding the black market with bioengineered rhino horns are addressed in the video below.