Coming To A Supermarket Near You: ‘Human’ Breast Milk From Cows
Earlier this week we reported on OnlyTheBreast.com, a website that lets women sell their breast milk for money. Seems women will do anything for a hit of “liquid gold,” as the stuff’s been called, including the less risky option of visiting a regulated milk bank or, if you’re Elton John, having it Fed Exed directly from surrogate to front door.
Chinese researchers are working on an even simpler option: selling human breast milk at your local supermarket. Using genetic modification, scientists in the country have inserted human genes into cloned cow embryos, which were then implanted into surrogate cows, reports SkyNews. (The technology is similar to that used to produce Dolly the Sheep – remember her?)
What this means is that these cows are producing human breast milk – with the identical immune-boosting and antibacterial qualities. And scientists hope to be selling it in supermarkets within three years, according to SkyNews. Of course, the milk is still undergoing safety tests. But once the governments gives it the okay, it will be sold to consumers as a more nutritious dairy drink than regular old cow’s milk.
What do you think? Too bizarre to stomach or would you give the white stuff a swig? And here’s the big question: would you feed it to your baby?