They’re Genetically Modifying Goats to Create Human Breast Milk Substitute


Sarah Miller
Grist.org
September 2, 2012

You know that human breast milk is very important for babies’ development. (If you don’t know this, go ostentatiously bottle-feed a baby doll near a farmers market! It will be fun, I promise.) But for various reasons, sometimes new moms can’t breastfeed — they need medication that shows up in breast milk, for instance, or they just don’t produce enough. And this is where genetically engineered goats, uh … butt in.

Animal scientists at the University of California, Davis have figured out how to genetically engineer domesticated mammals to produce some of the enzymes and proteins found in breast milk. This means that infants who couldn’t breastfeed could instead drink goat milk with about 60 percent of the beneficial immune-boosting and just general good-for-you power of mother’s milk.

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FLASHBACK: We’re raising GM goats to make human breast milk, say Russians

Daily Mail
February 10, 2009

Scientists are genetically engineering goats to produce the same milk as a human mother.

[...] They say their work will also lead to the development of medicines exploiting the antibiotic qualities of lactoferrin, a protein found in women’s milk.

The revelations follow research by scientists in Russia and Belarus in which male mice were implanted with human genes.

‘This led to surprising amounts of lactoferrin being produced in their female offspring – 160grams per litre of milk,’ said the project’s chief, Dr Elena Sadchikova. >>>>>READ FULL ARTICLE


FLASHBACK: Genetically modified cows produce ‘human’ milk

Richard Gray
London Telegraph
April 2, 2011

The scientists have successfully introduced human genes into 300 dairy cows to produce milk with the same properties as human breast milk.

Human milk contains high quantities of key nutrients that can help to boost the immune system of babies and reduce the risk of infections.

The scientists behind the research believe milk from herds of genetically modified cows could provide an alternative to human breast milk and formula milk for babies, which is often criticised as being an inferior substitute. >>>>READ FULL ARTICLE


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