Research shows that human breast milk has many health benefits, including immune-boosting and antibacterial qualities. In theory, mass-producing human breast milk sounds like a good thing.
A group of Chinese scientists wants to test that theory. They genetically modified dairy cows to produce human breast milk.
“The transgenic herd of 300 was bred by inserting human genes into cloned cow embryos which were then implanted into surrogate cows,” read an article on MyFoxNY.com. “The milk produced by the transgenic cows is identical to the human variety… scientists at China’s Agricultural University in Beijing said.”
The milk is not yet for sale, as it is still undergoing government health tests. However, the scientists are confident that it will be available for purchase in supermarkets in as little as three years.
“There are 1.5 billion people in the world who don’t get enough to eat,” said Professor Li Ning, the director of the research project. “It’s our duty to develop science and technology, not to hold it back. We need to feed people first, before we consider ideals and convictions.”