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Genetically Modified Cows Produce Human Breast Milk

Cows that have been modified with human genes are producing milk very similar to human milk. The researchers responsible hope to produce and market a this product as a substitute for human milk. Lead researcher Ning Li explained:

“The modified bovine milk is a possible substitute for human milk. It fulfilled the conception of humanising the bovine milk.”
Speaking to The Sunday Telegraph, he added the “human-like milk” would provide “much higher nutritional content”. He said they had managed to produce three generations of GM cows but for commercial production there would need to be large numbers of cows produced.

He said: “Human milk contains the ‘just right’ proportions of protein, carbohydrates, fats, minerals, and vitamins for an infant’s optimal growth and development.

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April 5th, 2011

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