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Scientists predict strong thirst for 'human milk' (genetically modified dairy products)
People Daily ^ | 3/22/11

Posted on 03/22/2011 2:12:57 AM PDT by Libloather

Scientists predict strong thirst for 'human milk'
08:31, March 22, 2011

Genetically modified (GM) dairy products that are similar to human milk will appear on the Chinese market in two years, an expert in biotechnology has predicted.

Li Ning, a scientist from the Chinese Academy of Engineering and director of the State Key Laboratories for AgroBiotechnology at China Agricultural University, said progress in the field is well under way.

Li said Chinese scientists have successfully created a herd of more than 200 cows that is capable of producing milk that contains the characteristics of human milk.

He said the technology is at the cutting edge worldwide and will ensure "healthy protein contained in human milk is affordable for ordinary consumers".

Photos depicting the GM cows were on display at an exhibition, held between March 7 and 14 in Beijing, that showcased China's major technological achievements during the period of the 11th Five-Year Plan (2006-2010).

"In ancient China, only the emperor and the empress could drink human milk throughout their lives, which was believed to be the height of opulence," Li said. "Why not make that kind of milk more available for ordinary people?"

Human milk contains two kinds of nutrition that can help improve the immune systems and the central nervous systems of children. The components are not available in milk produced by goats or cows.

Li said the scientific world had not previously found a way to mass-produce those ingredients. The GM milk will be as safe to drink as that of the ordinary cows, he added.

The Ministry of Agriculture issued bio-safety examination certificates for the GM herd in March 2010, giving the scientific team a 22-month period during which the technology can be tested in laboratories.

The ministry will then evaluate the results of the tests before deciding whether to allow the milk to be sold.

"The milk tastes stronger than normal milk," Li said. "Within 10 years, people will be able to pick up these human-milk-like products at the supermarket."

Xue Dayuan, chief expert with the Ministry of Environmental Protection, said the government will carry out a series of tests on the transferred gene and the method of transplanting it before the genetically modified cows and their milk are declared safe.

There has been a good deal of opposition to GM technology in the United States and Canada, according to Fang Lifeng, a campaigner for Greenpeace China's food and agriculture project.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: china; human; milk; scientists
GM technology

I keep mine in the garage, not in the fridge, thank you very much.

1 posted on 03/22/2011 2:13:04 AM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather

Genetically modified cows?
No thanks, I’ll get mine
the natural way.


2 posted on 03/22/2011 2:19:39 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Libloather

What is this?


3 posted on 03/22/2011 2:23:12 AM PDT by allmost
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To: Libloather

Do they have the brains of mice?


4 posted on 03/22/2011 2:26:27 AM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: Libloather

Haven’t people known about this ‘strong thirst for human milk’ since the discovery* of breast feeding?

*By Al Gore, I think.


5 posted on 03/22/2011 2:28:32 AM PDT by Darkwolf377 (Left FR in 2011, and I ain't comin' back! :P)
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To: Libloather
Scientists predict strong thirst for 'human milk'...

Let me guess: These Scientists form a consensus, and if you disagree, then you are a denier.

6 posted on 03/22/2011 2:34:54 AM PDT by C210N (0bama, Making the US safe for Global Marxism)
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To: Libloather
Okay, some things that come out of that part of the world just sound wierd.

Available at the supermarket? What, in the cooler just 1 aisle over from the tiger testicles?

Or maybe close to the rhinocerous horn powder.

7 posted on 03/22/2011 2:36:00 AM PDT by Quiller (When you're fighting to survive, there is no "try" -- there is only do, or do not.)
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To: Libloather
"Greenpeace China's food and agriculture project."

Sounds like there might be a hidden agenda here.

8 posted on 03/22/2011 2:40:59 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Libloather

do the current baby milk powder contain these nutrients? If not, how baby survive for all this time on it


9 posted on 03/22/2011 2:42:05 AM PDT by 4rcane
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To: Libloather

Hmm... This looks like Internet background noise. Disregard and move on, peeps.


10 posted on 03/22/2011 2:42:53 AM PDT by lmr (God punishes Conservatives by making them argue with fools.)
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To: Cvengr

Chi-coms & North Korean diet


11 posted on 03/22/2011 3:02:02 AM PDT by MissDairyGoodnessVT (I am keeping the faith, I have not finished my course and I am fighting for the good)
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To: Libloather
Human milk contains two kinds of nutrition that can help improve the immune systems and the central nervous systems of children. The components are not available in milk produced by goats or cows.

Makes sense to me.

12 posted on 03/22/2011 3:02:31 AM PDT by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/15/08 and why?)
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To: Libloather
Human milk...from the people who bring you scorpion-on-a-stick:


13 posted on 03/22/2011 3:12:38 AM PDT by mikey_hates_everything
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To: Libloather
Next, it will be milk from
14 posted on 03/22/2011 3:19:10 AM PDT by ZinGirl
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To: Libloather

That’s just gross


15 posted on 03/22/2011 3:44:10 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Libloather

By the time they finish pasteurising, homogenising, skimming and adding vitamins to the milk we buy in the store it herdly can be described as milk anyway.


16 posted on 03/22/2011 4:19:37 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Libloather
"...dairy products that are similar to human milk will appear on the Chinese market in two years..."

Melamine-enriched no doubt. Absolutely, positively the last thing produced by the Chi-coms I'd ever even think about consuming. Not even in my worst nightmare.
17 posted on 03/22/2011 4:20:45 AM PDT by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: Libloather

I’ve no problem with the “GM” part; most, if not all, food is drastically different than before humans started selective breeding (i.e. genetic engineering with whatever technology was available).

But the “human” characteristics of the milk is rather unappetizing.


18 posted on 03/22/2011 4:21:09 AM PDT by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: exDemMom
I find it odd that we (and we includes me!) are comfortable drinking milk from another species unless it is similar to milk from our own species!
19 posted on 03/22/2011 4:41:34 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 789 of our national holiday from reality. - It's 3 AM, where is the 'president'?)
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To: Darkwolf377

” discovery* of breast feeding?

*By Al Gore, I think. “

I knew he was kind of kinky...


20 posted on 03/22/2011 4:56:15 AM PDT by Humble Servant
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To: allmost
What is this?

When you click on the People Daily website, you don't really know what you're gonna get.

21 posted on 03/22/2011 8:57:11 AM PDT by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: Quiller
Available at the supermarket?

And I've heard you'll get to choose between leaded and unleaded.

22 posted on 03/22/2011 8:59:16 AM PDT by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: null and void

To me, drinking human milk would be akin to cannibalism. Most societies have a strong bias against cannibalism, and there is probably a biological basis to that bias.

A mother feeding her baby probably won’t pass any disease on to the baby that she didn’t already pass on to it during the pregnancy and birth. But a stranger’s milk? Who knows what might be in it?


23 posted on 03/22/2011 5:10:49 PM PDT by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: exDemMom

The wet nurse is almost universal in any pre-refrigeration society.

Besides cow’s milk is not a particularly good food for growing a human baby, the protein balance is skewed towards casein proteins, ideal for making glue and developing horns and hooves (if your baby has horns and hooves you have other less subtle problems).

Human milk forms an easily digested soft oatmeal like curd in the stomach, cow’s milk forms a solid curd lump.

Proteins in cows milk are similar to but different enough from proteins on pancreatic islet cells that there is evidence that cow’s milk triggers an autoimmune reaction that ultimately leads to diabetes.

Still...


24 posted on 03/22/2011 5:22:06 PM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 789 of our national holiday from reality. - It's 3 AM, where is the 'president'?)
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