Human Genes Introduced Into Dairy Cows
Brace yourself: scientists have created some freakish genetically-modified human-cow amalgams to produce cow’s milk with the properties of human breast milk. According to the Telegraph, the scientists used cloning technology to introduce human genes into Holstein cows then implanted surrogate cows with the genetically-modified embryos. I’m not sure even Mary Shelley could have thought this one up.
The scientists believe the cows will produce milk with a human protein called lysozyme. Extensive recent research has already called into question the safety of genetically-modified (GM) foods, but this is a far cry from GM corn, canola, and other seeds. We’re talking living animals here. Does anyone else see the potentially serious effects of unleashing the work of egomaniacal scientists on the world in the form of human-cow prototypes? This human-cow milk gives new meaning to the term “fusion cuisine.”
Joking aside, exactly how safe is this for either the cattle or the humans who consume the milk? No one really knows for sure right now since this research is in its infancy. And, I hope that’s where it ends.
What do you think about the cows sporting human genes? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
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