Friday, June 24, 2011

Chinese GM Cows Produce Human Breast Milk

This is definitely a project we could not have pulled of in North America without every mad politician piling on top of it.  In the meantime, it appears to be working as advertised and we will be seeing cows able to produce human breast milk and better quality meat as well.

Actually expect this to take off very fast.  Mothers want to feed breast milk to their babies but would just as soon limit the physical demands on the mother.  In the longer term, perhaps in a decade or so, it will become practical to remove the embryo after ninety days or so and to then incubate the baby in an artificial womb.  Related hormone treatments and the like will likely eliminate natural breast feeding.  This is an excellent replacement.

Needless to say the whole of birth and babies will be going through a revolution by the end of this decade or soon thereafter.   It will be a blessing for humanity and allow women relief from the true rigors of child bearing.

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." 

No comments: