Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Another Chimera

Chimera - An animal made up of parts of various animals or an animal-human hybrid.

We have another example of one, which scares me. The question "should we" is not asked often enough in science today.
BEIJING - Chinese scientists have genetically modified dairy cows to produce human breast milk, and hope to be selling it in supermarkets within three years.

The milk produced by the transgenic cows is identical to the human variety, with the same immune-boosting and antibacterial qualities as breast milk, scientists at China's Agricultural University in Beijing said.

The transgenic herd of 300 was bred by inserting human genes into cloned cow embryos which were then implanted into surrogate cows. The technology used was similar to that used to produce Dolly the sheep, the first mammal to be cloned by scientists, in Scotland.

The milk is still undergoing safety tests, but with government permission it will be sold to consumers as a more nutritious dairy drink than cow's milk.
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Unfortunately this is just the tip of the iceberg.


Lotus said...

How frightening!
So, they're real big on the one child thing, now they want to produce fake mama's milk?!? Is there a point, other than money?

Pie Pellicane said...

"We need to feed people first, before we consider ideals and convictions"
Ummmm.... couldn't you feed more people if you just bred regular non-modified cows and spent the money you would use on the technology to have more cows and thus produce more milk? Guess I'm just a stupid westerner who doesn't understand a hoot (or a moo?) about these things.