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China to begin selling human breast milk via bovine in about three years.

China Genetically Modifying Cows To Produce Human Breast Milk

Updated: Wednesday, 08 Jun 2011, 7:54 AM EDT
Published : Wednesday, 08 Jun 2011, 7:54 AM EDT


BEIJING - Chinese scientists have genetically modified dairy cows to produce human breast milk, and hope to be selling it in supermarkets within three years.

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

The transgenic herd of 300 was bred by inserting human genes into cloned cow embryos which were then implanted into surrogate cows. The technology used was similar to that used to produce Dolly the sheep, the first mammal to be cloned by scientists, in Scotland.

The milk is still undergoing safety tests, but with government permission it will be sold to consumers as a more nutritious dairy drink than cow's milk.

Workers at the university's dairy farm have already tasted the milk -- and said it is sweeter and stronger than the bovine variety, according to Sky News .

"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, said 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."

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Asked by -Eilish- at 4:38 PM on Jun. 8, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?! this is insane!

    Answer by prettymama0607 at 4:39 PM on Jun. 8, 2011

  • How much do you wanna bet that they make infant formula out of it and try and sell it to the US?

    Comment by -Eilish- (original poster) at 4:41 PM on Jun. 8, 2011

  • That's interesting. And I have absolutely nothing against it if it is well tested.

    But this line made me lol: "It's better for you because it's genetically modified."


    Answer by Candi1024 at 4:46 PM on Jun. 8, 2011

  • Ewww!!

    Answer by matthewscandi at 4:56 PM on Jun. 8, 2011

  • ugh what?!

    Answer by canelamami at 4:56 PM on Jun. 8, 2011

  • scary....

    Answer by MrsMWF at 5:04 PM on Jun. 8, 2011

  • I know that here in the US supermarkets sell genetically modified beef and people buy it. Let's see how long does it take for this genetically modified milk to hit the store shelf in US.

    Answer by Cafemomoftwo217 at 5:15 PM on Jun. 8, 2011

  • Sounds like something else that down the line will be a huge regret with some sort of backlash medically!

    Answer by myownhappiness at 5:23 PM on Jun. 8, 2011

  • I wonder how the breast feeding brigade will react to human breast milk from a cow vs. formula. Hmm....

    Answer by scout_mom at 5:51 PM on Jun. 8, 2011

  • Yuck. I don't know what is more disgusting..the fact that they have modified cows to have human characteristics or that they are touting it as "good for you."

    LOL scout will certainly put a kink in the arguement!

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 6:00 PM on Jun. 8, 2011

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