09 June 2011

Chinese scientists modify cows to create human breast milk

Scientists at China’s Agricultural University have taken dairy production to a whole new sick twisted level.

Researchers at the institution have discovered a way to genetically modify cows to produce human breast milk. We should have seen this one coming.

In what sounds like something you would see in a bad (or good) 1950’s Sci-Fi movie, scientists bred the herd of 300 transgenic cows by infusing human genes into cloned cow embryos.

According to Sky News, university dairy farm workers have already had a chance to indulge in the Frankenmilk which apparently is sweeter and stronger than your run of the mill cow’s juice.

"It's good," said Jiang Yao a worker at the farm. "It's better for you because it's genetically modified."

Now that’s something you don’t hear every day.

Oh and if you were wondering, scientists hope to market the human cow’s milk, cow’s human milk or whatever it is, within three years.

That’s right the Chinese, who embrace genetically modifying, will have the chance to purchase the new dairy product in markets sometime around 2014.

Just remember what Mr. Jao said, "It's better for you because it's genetically modified."

What a great tagline.

Eric Fortney | @elfortney | email
Eric is the co-founder and executive editor of the animal rights and eco-friendly news source, This Dish Is Veg. In addition to his work at TDIV, Eric is a father of three, runner, and lover of the outdoors.

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