Genetically Modified Cows Made to Produce Human Milk.

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  1. appleguy123 macrumors 604

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    More At Source.
    I'm not one of those "Man shouldn't play God" people, but I think that this is rather vile.
     
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    I agree. What ever happened to the all natural way?
     
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    Bad idea. Soon the cows will be more human than bovine and then where will we be? At war. That's where.
     
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    Hmm, Rob Zombie may have another song title on his hands there. Then again, "More Human than Bovine" doesn't have the same ring to it.

    While this whole thing may be udder-ly ridiculous, I hope the scientists don't get cowed into stopping their research.
     
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    And to carry that moovment further, what happens when they contract a human disease that they are ill equipped to handle.

    Whole herds could be wiped-out.
     
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    Seriously, WTF.

    Oh noooes... Blizzard was right! Moooooooo!
     

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    Does it mean that I'll be able to get my breast milk Ice Cream fix cheaper?
     
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    There is no Cow Level.
     
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    This could be an important breakthrough for mothers who can't breast feed or for any parent(s) that for one reason or the other can't provide breast milk.

    If breast milk's protective properties can be provided to infants that otherwise wouldn't get them, that is a very good thing.
     
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    This could help babies in developing countries...
     
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    I think the excuse is that breastfeeding is damaging the mothers' implants, and takes too much of the mother's valuable time, so now scientists are coming up with a solution for these 'little prolems'..
     
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    also there are a lot of infants that cannot drink cow milk for multiple reasons.
    Soy milk is not a good substitute in many cases.

    however, also keep in mind that this cows are not, by any means, producing "human milk". at least not in the current iteration
    they produce cow milk with some added human proteins (two of them, separately) or with a modified content of bovine components to more closely resemble human milk.
     
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    Goat's milk is lactose-free, if that is one of the reasons, but it's twice the cost of moo-cow-****-milk. :D

    Soy juice!!!

    When's the last time you saw soy titties?? (Thank you, Lewis Black.) LOL
     
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    But there wasn't one in Diablo I, despite all the rumors. In fact, all the rumors inspired Blizzard to put it in Diablo II. "There is no cow level" was also a cheat in the original Starcraft.
     
  19. dcains macrumors regular

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    It's the mother's antibodies transferred to the infant which help to develop the infant's immune system, NOT "key nutrients". Is this perhaps an April Fool's thread?
     
  20. appleguy123 thread starter macrumors 604

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    This was posted yesterday and based off an April 2nd Article.
     
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    I believe that is true with the first few feedings, only. :confused:
     
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    At first, I was skeptical...

    Obviously the story is true, because upon perusing teh Google I see that the Weekly World News ran an article about this.
     
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    Yep, the Paper is a wonderful source of news.

    Of course, next thing you know, people will be saying they have made a cow act like a horse. That really is a moooving story about a girl who couldn't have a horse.
     
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    just to clarify...

    Yeah, I did some research into this (I'm a biologist, so I was quite curious about this...).

    First off, it's true (this is for you "dcains"), and "don;t panic" had it right in his or her summary. The title is a little misleading though... they didn't really make human breastmilk in cows... but they did make the cow's milk more human like. They did this in 2 ways:

    1) The researchers made two versions of the milk, each with a different human protein. These were the "key nutrients" although that's a poor way to describe them. These proteins do play a role in the immunity of newborns.

    2) The also modified these milks so that they more closely resemble the general properties of human milk (different fat percentages, etc.).

    And that's a about it... Oh and also, the cows have a much higher death-rate than normal cows.... because our ability to create genetically modified animals is still extremely primitive...!
     

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