You might want to put that cookie down after reading this: Scientists have developed a new “human-like” milk that comes from cows, in an effort to create an alternative to breast milk and formula.
The researchers introduced human genes into 300 dairy cows, producing milk which they claim has the same properties as human breast milk. Babies glean key nutrients from human breast milk, which helps boost their immune systems.
If you think drinking genetically modified milk is a little bit yucky and maybe not cool for the cows involved, the scientists know that and already have answers prepared for critics.
According to The Telegraph, Professor Ning Li, the scientist who led the research and director of the State Key Laboratories for AgroBiotechnology at the China Agricultural University says the milk would be totally safe and just like milk from regular dairy cows.
“We aim to commercialize some research in this area in coming three years. For the “human-like milk”, 10 years or maybe more time will be required to finally pour this enhanced milk into the consumer’s cup.”
So um, get those cups ready, everyone!
Genetically modified cows produce ‘human’ milk [The Telegraph]