By Audrey Quinn
Posting in Healthcare
Transgenic goats produce milk with the breast milk enzymes and proteins that human babies need most.
This Spring brought news of goats engineered to lactate the building blocks of a malaria vaccine. Now Co.Exist reports on transgenic goats that produce milk with breast milk enzymes and proteins. Which begs the question: What's more odd, milking goats for drugs, or milking goats for human milk? And which work-around has a better chance of widespread adoption?
UC Davis scientists created the transgenic goats by transferring human genes for breast milk enzymes and proteins into goat embryos. Co.Exist's Peter Smith reports:
The transgenic dairy goats can make milk with up to about 60% of the lysozyme and lactoferrin found in mother’s milk, which means a longer shelf life (these chemicals kill pathogenic bacteria) and also a faster cheese-ripening process (they kill off the milk’s beneficial bacteria sooner).
Human breast milk gives human babies unique immunological defenses that they can't get from other animal's milk. For babies of mothers who aren't present, or can't nurse them, milk from these transgenic goats could provide the next-best alternative.
The UC Davis team has been studying the engineered goats' milk for a number of years now to perfect the formula (no pun intended). So far they've only tested it on "the toddler equivalent" in pigs, who've shown increased resistance to illness after drinking the milk. No word yet on when it will enter clinical testing in humans.
Photo: Liz West/Flickr
Aug 27, 2012
This just seems disturbing,mostly due to the mixing of Human genetic type stuff with animals.Could these type of things cause other mutations?
"Human breast milk gives human babies unique immunological defenses that they can't get from other animals milk." Yes, but only for the first few days (it's called colostrum). All mammals produce colostrum just prior to birth, and farmers know that it's very important to nurse newly-born animals with their mother's milk for just this reason. After that, it's no longer as important and you can successfully use other mammalian milk with human newborns.
Playing God again will just bite us in the butt. Just because we have the capacity to do something doesn't mean that we should. It only takes one little deviation somewhere in the fabric of human engineering to screw things up for the rest of humanity. Chicken Little? Maybe. But are you willing to risk the future of humanity? Apparently there are people who are willing to take that risk. I'm wondering if the next step in this process is to start selling human milk cheese made from goats?
http://www.naturalnews.com/036970_dairy_health_problems_alternatives.html Health Problems Caused By Dairy: "Today's milk contains roughly 60 hormones, a number of allergens, fat, cholesterol and has a possible link to turning on and off cancer genes. Most people were taught that we must drink milk for strong, healthy bones but, countless other foods contain higher, hormone-free nutrients, such as dark leafy greens, especially spinach, broccoli, wild caught salmon, and almond/coconut milk. Plant based sources of vitamin D and calcium can be absorbed much easier than animal based sources, and are much healthier for you. Single serve cheese slices are overly processed, high in sodium, and not a significant source of calcium. Flavored yogurt usually contains a long list of ingredients, including the toxic chemical, aspartame. Most people focus on the importance of these two vitamins, but magnesium is also extremely important and necessary for proper bone health, and the majority of people are deficient." Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/036970_dairy_health_problems_alternatives.html#ixzz24s2x4JPR
This is nothing less than MEDICAL MADNESS, and this article goes into detail why: "Leave it to the educated ignoramuses in mainstream science to tamper with a good thing in the name of promoting public health. In the warped mind of Westhusin and his colleagues, injecting vaccines, pharmaceuticals, and other synthetic substances into the milk of living creatures through their genes will help "save the Third World." But to the rest of the sane world, the A&M team's ill-guided science experiment is unnecessary, and is sure to result in catastrophic -- and potentially irreversible -- consequences." Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/035464_vaccines_genetically_engineered_goats.html