17/06/2011

Cows Make Human Breast Milk

Cows Make Human Breast MilkChinese scientists have produced a herd of genetically modified cows that can produce human breast milk.

Really? They can't make toys without feeding our young lead and we're expected to try the science project breast milk?

And it seems a little strange. I mean, it's hard enough to breast feed in a coffee shop subtly when you're doing it using your own bits. There's no way a woman will hide a cow under that poncho.

Researchers at the State Key Laboratory of Agrobiotechnology of the China Agricultural University introduced human genetic coding into the DNA of Holstein dairy cow embryos, then transferred the embryos into cow surrogates.

So, it's not just human breast milk that you could get from these animals. You could get a man steak. Or a man sausage. Scrap those ideas. We'll stick with the milk.

"The genetically modified cow milk is 80 percent the same as human breast milk," said Li Ning, a professor and the project's director as well as lead researcher.

By the way, his name nearly made me think this was a hoax Li Ning, on the fence near the cattle... really?

But sadly it looks like it is real. It's another breast milk related story and there have been many of later. Recently there was thing story of a place making cheese out of breast milk but this GM cow thing has me worried.

I don't worry about the breast milk being fed to babies. I'm not an expert on that so I shouldn't comment, but I am an expert on cappuccinos and I don't want any human breast milk being put into that.

When I go to a coffee shop and they ask what cup size I want, I don't expect them to mean the place my frothy milk is coming from!

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