Human milk from cows - what next?

A report in the Farmer's Guardian says that scientists in China have created genetically modified cattle that produce the equivalent of 'human' milk.  The scientists successfully introduced human genes into 300 dairy cows to produce milk with the same properties as human breast milk.

The scientists behind the research believe milk from herds of GM 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 GM dairy products could be sold in supermarkets within the next 10 years, according to a report in the Sunday Telegraph.

Professor Ning Li, the scientist who led the research and director of the State Key Laboratories for AgroBiotechnology at the China Agricultural University is quoted as saying the GM milk would be as safe to drink as milk from ordinary dairy cows.

He said: “The milk tastes stronger than normal milk. We aim to commercialize some research in this area in coming three years. For the “human-like milk”, 10 years or maybe more time will be required to finally pour this enhanced milk into the consumer’s cup.”

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