June 8, 2011

Genetically modified cows produce 'human' milk - Telegraph

Genetically modified cows produce 'human' milk

Scientists have created genetically modified cattle that produce "human" milk in a bid to make cows' milk more nutritious.

Scientists have created genetically modified cattle that produce human milk in a bid to make cows' milk more nutritious.
Researchers say they are able to create cows that produce milk containing a human protein called lysozyme Photo: PA

Can't make up my mind about this!!!
In some ways it makes sense as a way of feeding infants and in others it is tampering in ways I can only find unsettling.

" The scientists have successfully introduced human genes into 300 dairy cows to produce milk with the same properties as human breast milk.
Human milk contains high quantities of key nutrients that can help to boost the immune system of babies and reduce the risk of infections.
The scientists behind the research believe milk from herds of genetically modified cows could provide an alternative to human breast milk and formula milk for babies, which is often criticised as being an inferior substitute.
They hope genetically modified dairy products from herds of similar cows could be sold in supermarkets. The research has the backing of a major biotechnology company.
The work is likely to inflame opposition to GM foods. Critics of the technology and animal welfare groups reacted angrily to the research, questioning the safety of milk from genetically modified animals and its effect on the cattle's health."

There is a video available at this link: http://t.co/AaN6MoN

What do you think?

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1 comment:

  1. I can't decide on which of these two posts to comment!

    The whole concept of genetic modification is potentially disturbing but what disturbs me most is the speed with which we have genetically modified our foods. Even by natural selection we have altered wheat at a speed with which our bodies have been unable to cope.


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