Chinese Researchers and Scientists at the State Key Laboratory of Agro biotechnology of the China Agricultural University have produced a herd of genetically modified cows that make milk with the same properties as Human Breast Milk, but with a stronger and sweeter taste. The transgenic herd of 300 cows was bred by inserting human genes into cloned Holstein dairy cow embryos which were then implanted into surrogate cows. "The genetically modified cow milk is 80 percent the same as human breast milk," said Li Ning, professor and the project's director as well as lead researcher. "They contain proteins and antibodies like human breast milk, are good for health and able to improve the immune system. We still need to conduct clinical trials on human beings with volunteers and finally prove that this milk is good and safe for the elderly, infants and the ill, especially those suffering from chronic diseases," Li added.
|Professor Li Ning, Project Director & lead Researcher|
Greenpeace notes that China has been investing considerably in genetically modified food research in recent years, despite the lack of a credible, independent system of supervision and inspection. It also insists that genetically modified products should not be allowed to enter the human food chain.
Chinese parents had a mixed response, with some wary but willing to give the milk a try while others were far more cautious. "I won't try it. Even if it's similar to human breast milk, it's still genetically modified," said a woman who gave her family name as Lu, the mother of a 14-month-old girl. "I think natural products are much better. I don't know what might happen if my daughter consumes genetically modified things."
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