Genetically Modified Cows Produce Milk Similar To Humans

DairyCowWill cows be feeding our newborns in the future? Genetically modified cows are now producing milk with similar properties of breast milk. Popular Science reports:

In a potential new step for genetically modified food, babies could someday drink human-like milk derived from herds of genetically modified dairy cows, which scientists say could supplement breast milk and replace baby formula.

Scientists have created 300 cows that produce milk with some of the properties of human breast milk, including lysozyme, which fights bacteria and improves infants’ immune systems in their first few days of life.

Researchers in China introduced genes that express human lysozyme (also called HLZ) and other human proteins into Holstein cattle embryos, and implanted the embryos into surrogate cows. When the GM cows started lactating, their milk contained HLZ and two other proteins.

Using a new purification process, the researchers were apparently able to make the milk taste more human — they increased its fat content and changed the amounts of milk solids, according to the Telegraph.

[Continues at Popular Science]

, , , , , , , ,

  • JP

    Here’s an idea.. what if human mothers fed their babies their own, naturally occurring breast milk.. whether by breast feeding or if necessary via pumping? REVOLUTIONARY THINKING!

    • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

      Hmm, nahh why would a woman immunize their child to everything the mother has been immunized to (naturally! *gasp!*). We need kids to be sicky unless they spend their lives taking vaccines that make them immune maybe.
      Why would we give babies the complete nutrient solution that they have naturally been raised with since the dawn of… mammals.

  • JP

    Here’s an idea.. what if human mothers fed their babies their own, naturally occurring breast milk.. whether by breast feeding or if necessary via pumping? REVOLUTIONARY THINKING!

  • Anon

    Wow, some scientists right? This goes right up there with artificial “air-purifying” trees… Stupid. And whatever happened to all the leisure time we were gonna get for passing off our jobs on robots and computers? Something tells me that we’re not playing with a full deck here.

  • Anon

    Wow, some scientists right? This goes right up there with artificial “air-purifying” trees… Stupid. And whatever happened to all the leisure time we were gonna get for passing off our jobs on robots and computers? Something tells me that we’re not playing with a full deck here.

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    Hmm, nahh why would a woman immunize their child to everything the mother has been immunized to (naturally! *gasp!*). We need kids to be sicky unless they spend their lives taking vaccines that make them immune maybe.
    Why would we give babies the complete nutrient solution that they have naturally been raised with since the dawn of… mammals.

  • Anonymous
  • Grooveboss

    more like, genetically modified humans produce milk similar to cows!

    • Grooveboss

      cows have a natural patent on the milk thing.

  • Grooveboss

    more like, genetically modified humans produce milk similar to cows!

  • Grooveboss

    cows have a natural patent on the milk thing.

  • GoodDoktorBad

    Elsie the cow is not yer mommy…

  • Anonymous

    Elsie the cow is not yer mommy…

  • Grooveboss

    TITS

  • Grooveboss

    TITS

  • Simiantongue

    I just hope the cows grow human breasts to go with it. I’ll save a fortune by hanging around cow pastures rather than strip clubs.

  • Simiantongue

    I just hope the cows grow human breasts to go with it. I’ll save a fortune by hanging around cow pastures rather than strip clubs.

  • GSX-R1000

    And this is one of the many ways how strains of super bacteria totally resistant to antibiotics will end human life on this planet.

  • GSX-R1000

    And this is one of the many ways how strains of super bacteria totally resistant to antibiotics will end human life on this planet.

21
More in Agriculture, Breast Milk, Cattle, Cow, Genetic Modification, Genetically Modified Cow, Genetically Modified Food, Human Lysozyme
The Next Market Bubbles: Food and Farm Land?

Robert Schiller writes for Al Jazeera: There have been three colossal stock-market bubbles in the last century: the 1920s, the 1960s, and the 1990s. In contrast, there has been only...

Close