Chinese scientists have genetically modified cows to produce human breast milk. They plan to make it available in supermarkets within the next three years. The scientists used similar technology to that using producing Dolly the sheep.

The milk produced by the transgenic cows is identical to the human variety and has the same immune-boosting and antibacterial qualities as breast milk, scientists at China’s Agricultural University in Beijing say.

The transgenic herd of 300 was bred by inserting human genes into cloned cow embryos which were then implanted into surrogate cows.Source: news.sky.com

Professor Li Ning, the director of the research project, considers concerns about genetic modification as “misplaced”

“It’s good,” said worker Jiang Yao. “It’s better for you because it’s genetically modified.”

The scientists have also produced animals that are resistant to mad cow disease, as well as beef cattle that are genetically modified to produce more nutritious meat.

The director of the research project, Professor Li Ning, says Western concerns about the ethics of genetic modification are misplaced.

“There are 1.5 billion people in the world who don’t get enough to eat,” he said. “It’s our duty to develop science and technology, not to hold it back.

“We need to feed people first, before we consider ideals and convictions.”Source: news.sky.com

Most of the developed Western countries are moving away from genetically modified food, but China seems to have no issue with it. Not sure if this milk will be a “hit” at American supermarkets!

 

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