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Op-Ed: Genetically modified cow milk for your babies

By Eliot Elwar     Jul 1, 2012 in Science
Scientists have produced genetically modified cows that can produce milk that is similar to human breast milk with little lactose, giving people with lactose intolerance an opportunity to digest cow's milk.
Human breast milk is better for human babies than cow’s milk because it prevents the development of many health issues in young adults. Geneticists have genetically modified dairy cows to produce milk that included the protein lysozyme, an enzyme with antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory characteristics. There is 3000 times more lysozyme in human milk than in cow milk. However, genetically modified cows are now producing milk with enough lysozyme to be available for human consumption within a few years.
The Telegraph reports: Researchers have revealed that they have created cows whose milk can be drunk by people with lactose intolerance. More research scientists are seeking to make food and drink products from livestock better by animal genetic engineering and alterations. However, this research will inflame the debate about genetically modified foods and animals. Opponents of this new technology have responded heatedly to the research, and they questioned the milk’s safety from the genetically modified animals.
The Telegraph reports: Scientists have introduced human genes into 300 cows to produce milk with properties similar to human breast milk. Human milk contains high quantities of nutrients that can help to boost babies’ immune systems and reduce their infection risks. The scientists behind the research believe genetically modified cow's milk can provide an alternative to human breast milk and formula milk for babies, which many nutritionists criticized as being an inferior substitute. Science researchers hope genetically modified dairy products from similar cow herds will be sold in supermarkets within the next few years. The research has major biotechnology industry support.
Agra Europe reports: Argentinian scientists confirmed that a genetically modified cow can produce human-like milk. Researchers at the National Institute of Agribusiness Technology in Buenos Aires said the animal was engineered to produce milk containing two proteins found in human breast milk: lactoferrin and lysozyme, which provide infants with anti-bacterial and anti-viral protection.
All Vioces reports: Genetically modified cow milk will be sold in super markets within the next few years. The milk is identical to human milk and has the same immune enhancing and antibacterial features as breast milk, according to science researchers at the Agricultural University in Beijing. A 300 transgenic cow herd has been created for this purpose. The cows were bred by inserting human genes into cloned bovine embryos. The milk is undergoing safety examinations. Factory workers say the milk tastes stronger and sweeter than ordinary dairy milk. Scientists believe the milk is more nutritious than dairy milk. The milk could be replacement for baby formula.
There are many benefits to human milk over cow milk for babies. Human breast milk prevents the development of type 1 diabetes and learning problems in children. Human breast milk is easier for babies to digest, and it contains the host of nutrients they need. Despite its potential dangers and reproductive risks, genetically modified foods are here to stay. Today, animals have been genetically modified to become more resistant to mad cow disease, cows have been genetically designed to produce more nutritious meat, and certain fish have been genetically transformed to grow bigger. China will lead the development of genetically modified foods because of its growing population issues.
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