Udderly creepy! Scientists in China have created a herd of 300 cows that produce human breast milk, according to Sky News, and the hu-moo juice should be available on Chinese supermarket shelves in three years. Using transgenic and cloning technology similar to that which produced Dolly the sheep, cloned cow embryos were injected with human genes and then implanted into surrogate cows.
Workers at University of Beijing’s dairy farm say the result–identical to human breast milk with the same antibacterial and immune-boosting qualities:
is sweeter and stronger than the usual bovine variety
Genetically modified food is popular in China where GM papayas, tomatoes, potatoes, and cooking oil are already widely available for sale. The team at University of Beijing have already produced animals that are resistant to mad cow disease, as well as beef cattle that are genetically modified to produce more nutritious meat. The Chinese government recently approved insect-resistant rice and corn modified to help pigs absorb more nutrients.
Is there a breeding program to cross boy hu-moos to girl hu-moos? Do their heifer offspring also produce hu-milk? Or are boy hu-moos killed? What happens to their meat? And I have to wonder if human genes injected into the cloned milk cow embryos were screened for predispositions to genetic illnesses.
Lead cow developer and director of the research project, Professor Li Ning, says:
There are 1.5 billion people in the world who don’t get enough to eat. 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.
Hu-moo dairy worker Jiang Yao said of the cow-man milk:
It’s good. It’s better for you because it’s genetically modified.