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GMO Cows May Produce Human Breast Milk Substitute

genetically modified milk, breastmilk

Ready for pumping human breastmilk

How did I not see this coming?

Chinese scientists claim they have genetically modified cows so that they’ll produce milk nearly identical to human breast milk. A herd of 200 are already producing milk that they claim is just like mom’s.

The state-run China Daily says that the milk will be sold in stores just a couple of years from now and within a decade, different products containing the substance will be on the shelves.

According to a short article in Times of India, the milk contains proteins that boost immunities and improve the central nervous system similar to proteins in human milk. By engineering cows to produce it, the healthy drink will be an affordable way for non-breastfeeders to get the benefits.

I think I’ll stick to antioxidant-rich blueberries?

A couple of years ago, I wrote about Russian researchers who genetically modified goats to produce milk similar to human breast milk. They claimed their goal was to make large amounts of lactoferrin, which would then be used to produce antibiotics and other new medicines.

Developing pharmaceuticals has far less of an ick factor than producing jugs of human-bovine milk, but maybe I’m being closed minded about it. I know a lot of people believe in the power of breast milk for adults, something that also tickles my gag reflex. I prefer milks that aren’t cross-species, especially when there’s humans in the mix.

What about you? Will you raise a glass? Think there’s a market for this stuff?

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