Apr 6 2011Uh-Oh: Cows Genetically Modified With People DNA To Produce More Human-like Milk


Don't 'moo' at me like you're some sort of classy heifer -- you've got shit on your leg!

Because there's less than zero regulations for genetic manipulation in China (make me a superhero already, God), a team of researchers there have spliced human DNA into cow embryos so, when older, they produce milk much more similar in nutrition to that of humans. Yeaaaaaaaaaah (rich, chocolatey Ovaltine FTW).

The reason that Chinese researchers have introduced human genes into cows is to enable them to produce an adequate substitute for human breast milk, since baby formula doesn't offer the same benefits. That said, there's no reason you couldn't drink it, and according to the researchers, "the milk tastes stronger than normal milk," whatever that means.

To get the human bits into the cows, Holstein dairy cow embryos had their DNA modified using cloning techniques. The clones were implanted into surrogates, and so far about 300 of these "humanized" cows have been created. Their milk boasts a much higher nutritional content, 20% more fat, and a variety of proteins that boost immune systems in human babies.

Hey, I'm all for a better substitute for human breast milk than formula (E = mc2), but splicing human DNA into cows to produce it? I'm not sure how I feel about that. *contemplating* Call me when it makes their udders look like tits and we'll talk.

Genetically modified cows produce human breast milk [dvice]

Thanks to Kirk, who got to milk a cow on a school field trip once.

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They need to splice cow DNA with the DNA of the chick with three knockers from Total Recall, FTW..... just sayin

Oh yeah? Well how about they get genetically modified to produce more human-like BOOBS?! Huh? Amirite? You know it!

@4 "In other words, it's a huge shit sandwich, and we're all gonna have to take a bite. " ~Lt. Lockhart

.... just sayin

That's, uh... an interesting use of science, I guess?

Mass-produced human milk from dairy cows... hmm.

@ 6 did you read the article?

coming up next: chinese scientist genetically modifies himself to have a penis he can see without an electron microscope

Let me see... Mad cow can now be passed onto humans, hmmm, zombie outbreak much?

This can only end in a bad way!


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I was just eating my bowl of cereal with milk to...


This right here is unacceptable. I'm sure that rBGH sounded like a good idea at first too.

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@13. That reminds me off a joke.

Why can't men get Mad Cows disease?
Because they're pigs.

@15. It's flawed.
A heifer is young cow before she has had her first calf.


What ever happened to just breastfeeding your offspring?

It's like the past centuries when so many mothers thought it inconvenient to breastfeed so they fed the babies a honey/milk/whatever the hell mixture called pap and then couldn't understand why infant mortality was so high while the peasants who breastfed lived. So they called them witches or even worse, enslaved the lactating peasant mom's and forced them to be wetnurses to their kids, which often meant the peasant mom's babies died from lack of milk. ((yeh...they died...not making that up..pretty effed up isn't it?))

Oh wait...that is happening now with formula and people blame it on other shit too...my bad.

Go cheap bovine substitute so plastic bottles can keep getting shoved into those dang inconvenient babies!

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Nothin', you already told her twice.

@23. How about...

How many men does it take to screw in a light bulb?
One-He just holds it up there and waits for the world to revolve around him.

So many better pictures could have been used for this post...

@24: How many men does it take to screw in a light bulb?

None. She can do the dishes in the dark.

Would it make you a cannibal if you were to eat a steak from the cow with human DNA?

This is udderly ridiculous.

How many men does it take to do the dished?
None. It's a woman's job!

..... just sayin

I dissapprove. Unless this leads to me with a harem of anime-style cowgirls with profusely lacting breasts the size of their head. Then I generously approve.

But until then, screw the cows, just make more women comfortable with breastfeeding.

You people know there are machines that can drain out a womens milk, so she can feed it threw a bottle....right?

@ 26 & 29.

How many men does it take to tile a bathroom?
Two, if you slice them thinly enough.

@32: Well, that wasn't creepy at all.

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