Skip to comments.Scientists predict strong thirst for 'human milk' (genetically modified dairy products)
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.
I keep mine in the garage, not in the fridge, thank you very much.
Genetically modified cows?
No thanks, I’ll get mine
the natural way.
What is this?
Do they have the brains of mice?
Haven’t people known about this ‘strong thirst for human milk’ since the discovery* of breast feeding?
*By Al Gore, I think.
Let me guess: These Scientists form a consensus, and if you disagree, then you are a denier.
Available at the supermarket? What, in the cooler just 1 aisle over from the tiger testicles?
Or maybe close to the rhinocerous horn powder.
Sounds like there might be a hidden agenda here.
do the current baby milk powder contain these nutrients? If not, how baby survive for all this time on it
Hmm... This looks like Internet background noise. Disregard and move on, peeps.
Chi-coms & North Korean diet
Makes sense to me.
That’s just gross
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.
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.
” discovery* of breast feeding?
*By Al Gore, I think. “
I knew he was kind of kinky...
When you click on the People Daily website, you don't really know what you're gonna get.
And I've heard you'll get to choose between leaded and unleaded.
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?
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.
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