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Human-like Milk From Cows Developed in China March 25, 2011
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China’s Ministry of Agriculture has issued a permit for a 22-month study of the genetically modified milk.
Chinese scientists announced the development of genetically modified dairy cows capable of producing milk with the characteristics of human milk.

Human milk is easier to digest than that from normal dairy cows, and contains nutrients that can help boost the immune system as well as improve the central nervous systems of children, the researchers say.

Li Ning, director of the State Key Laboratories for AgroBiotechnology at China Agricultural University, says they have successfully created a herd of more than 200 cows capable of producing the human-like milk.

“In ancient China, only the emperor and the empress could drink human milk throughout their lives, which was believed to be the height of opulence,” Li told the official Xinhua news agency.

“Why not make that kind of milk more available for ordinary people?” He describes the taste of the GM milk as “stronger” than typical dairy milk.

Li predicts that within 10 years, “people will be able to pick up these human-milk-like products at the supermarket.”

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