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Scientists Engineer Transgenic Dairy Goats to Produce Human Breast Milk
Posted By Jennifer Chait On September 5, 2012 @ 12:41 pm In breastfeeding | 1 Comment
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Last year scientists cloned cow’s milk to resemble human breast milk . Now other livestock are fair game as scientists have recently engineered goats chock full of human breast milk qualities. Scientists have been working on how to design genetically modified goats who can produce human breast milk  for some time now, but recently, animal scientists at the University of California, Davis figured out the puzzle. The goats being engineered by these UC Davis researchers actually produce milk containing some of the enzymes and proteins naturally found in breast milk. The good news – moms who can’t or don’t want to breastfeed  may eventually have a better choice than regular formula and researchers think this milk will have worldwide benefits, such as fighting diarrhea , the second most common cause of child deaths. The bad news – many aren’t on board with genetically modified foods. On top of that, goat’s milk, even modified can’t beat the nutritional value of human breast milk  from an actual human. Lastly, goats milk, along with other milk products may contain many harmful chemicals .
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According to Fast Company , the UC Davis research team reports that, “Transgenic dairy goats can make milk with up to about 60% of the lysozyme and lactoferrin found in mother’s milk,” which can help protect against intestinal problems such as diarrhea. Because of this, the UC Davis researchers, along with other supporters note that goats’s “human” milk shouldn’t be written off just because it’s genetically engineered. So far this “human” like milk has only been given to “the toddler equivalent” of pigs, who have indeed shown an increased resistance to illness after drinking the human-goat milk. Next the milk is slated to be tested on monkeys, but no word yet on actual human baby trials. What do you think? Should human babies get “breast milk” from a goat or should we leave the goat’s milk for baby goats and breastfeed human babies ?
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 Two goats at farm: http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-98190809/stock-photo-two-goats-at-farm.html
 cloned cow’s milk to resemble human breast milk: http://www.inhabitots.com/argentine-scientists-clone-cow-to-produce-nutrient-rich-human-breast-milk/
 genetically modified goats who can produce human breast milk: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1141105/Were-raising-GM-goats-make-human-breast-milk-say-Russians.html
 don’t want to breastfeed: http://www.inhabitots.com/5-things-all-breastfeeding-moms-should-know-about-pumping/
 fighting diarrhea: http://www.printfriendly.com/print?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.psmag.com%2Fhealth%2Fgenetically-modified-goats-take-on-child-killers-42356%2F%23.T8aME3pZ7bg.printfriendly&title=Genetically+Modified+Goats+Take+on+Child+Killers
 can’t beat the nutritional value of human breast milk: http://www.livestrong.com/article/339040-comparison-of-human-milk-to-goat-milk-cow-milk-nutrition/
 contain many harmful chemicals: http://www.inhabitots.com/study-cow-goat-and-human-breast-milk-can-contain-up-to-20-chemicals/
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 Young goat with head cocked: http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-88459636/stock-photo-young-goat-with-head-cocked.html
 According to Fast Company: http://www.fastcoexist.com/1680450/these-new-transgenic-goats-are-filled-with-human-breast-milk
 breastfeed human babies: http://www.inhabitots.com/2012-cdc-breastfeeding-report-card-shows-most-moms-want-to-breastfeed-but-lack-support/
 + Consumption of pasteurized human lysozyme transgenic goats’ milk alters serum metabolite profile in young pigs: http://animalscience.ucdavis.edu/faculty/murray/PDF/Brundige%20et%20al%20Trans%20Res%202009-metabolomics.pdf
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