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GM cows produce healthier milk

Posted on Monday, 18 June, 2012 | Comment icon 30 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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Scientists have been working on creating genetically modified cows that can produce healthier milk.

For years efforts have been underway to make animal produce healthier by genetically modifying the animals. Not only has this recent accomplishment succeeded in doing so but a second project has produced milk that can be consumed by people suffering from lactose intolerance.

"Ordinary milk contains lactose, while milk produced by our modified cow will have relatively low content of lactose, or even have no lactose," said Dr Zhou Huanmin. The science team hope that within 5 to 10 years time there will be herds of these no-lactose cows through which a whole new branch of dairy products can be sold.

"In two separate breakthroughs, researchers have revealed that they have successfully created a calf whose milk could be drunk by people suffering from lactose intolerance and a second animal whose milk contains high levels of "healthy" fat found in fish."

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Comment icon #21 Posted by Render on 19 June, 2012, 15:13
And i apologize for reacting a tad aggressive. But like you, I'm fed up with ppl always giving their negative parrot-opinion on something they obviously don't understand. I completely agree with the fact that we do destroy a lot of things and try to invent something to fix it. And careful regulation is a must, especially in the field of GM. On the other hand, things change and are modified ... this is evolution The terms nature and natural aren't absolutes. Their definitions change. PLEASE read the article first before you start with your fear-mongering. You seem to thi... [More]
Comment icon #22 Posted by 3amfright on 19 June, 2012, 17:12
Huh. I'm currently reading a book, "Robyn's Egg" by Mark Souza & the genetically perfected healthier cows that produced the most meat & the most milk in the book were duplicated & manufactured throughout the world....and then promptly wiped out by a single virus that removed the entire cow population becasue they were all one perfect genetic strand....welcome to the future of starvation & the extinction of the cow population. Diversity is necessity.
Comment icon #23 Posted by karmakazi on 19 June, 2012, 17:19
I think you're confusing evolution with progress. Evolution is creatures adapting to their environment. Progress is creatures adapting the environment to suit themselves. I did. Questioning the moral implications of something isn't fear-mongering. These are questions we SHOULD be asking so that we understand the implications of that final product of milk. Fear mongering is saying something that isn't true in order to get people to run around scared. I don't think anyone should believe what I have to say about it any more than they should believe anyone else. Th... [More]
Comment icon #24 Posted by Bildr on 20 June, 2012, 2:07
Well, i've always wondered if that was true, since i've knowed guys who drank this for years and never had any problem at all. Even myself is drinking this for a long time and i'm still a hairy/bearded as hell guy(lol). What I would really about is hormones is our meat; since that the vast majority of industrial farms give hormones to their cattle(specially pig and chicken).
Comment icon #25 Posted by Render on 20 June, 2012, 8:35
No, im not. You're talking about survival of the fittest. Which is by definition the most well adapted form to the environment. Evolution by definition is : ev·o·lu·tion/ˌevəˈlo͞oSHən/ Noun: [list] [*]The process by which different kinds of living organisms are thought to have developed and diversified from earlier forms during the... [*]The gradual development of something, esp. from a simple to a more complex form. [/list] What humans do with GM, prosthetics etc IS evolution and progress yes. ... [More]
Comment icon #26 Posted by karmakazi on 20 June, 2012, 11:05
It does not give those answers, but you apparently read it and inferred what you wanted to hear. Which means she has not yet had offspring or produced the milk, so it is not yet known how her offspring will fare on her milk. Meaning that the article does NOT answer that question. Products constantly hit the shelves that aren't good for us. These products are considered better, or innovative, until years down the road it's figured out that they were harmful all along and either that potential harm was KNOWN and it was sold ANYWAY or the potential harm was something that ... [More]
Comment icon #27 Posted by jgorman628 on 21 June, 2012, 15:07
Could be good or bad, only time will tell. It is way too early to make any judgement on the overall effects of genetics. There is only one way to tell though, go through with it and analyze the future offspring and side effects.
Comment icon #28 Posted by Render on 21 June, 2012, 20:53 I've said before. They are still waiting for those results so they kinda expect the calf to get a healthy offspring so they in turn can produce many more offsprings. Don't you think scientists that know a heck more than you about this maybe think this through a bit and try to narrow down what sort of results they can get? You probably don't. That's fine. Some list you got there, hope you didn't put much time in looking up all that stuff cuz it's not really relevant yet since they're still doing research. Yanno, many ppl ... ahum ... like you ... see... [More]
Comment icon #29 Posted by karmakazi on 22 June, 2012, 11:54
My original post wasn't a tirade, it was a comment of my opinion. Yes, it has turned into a tirade after you posted in an insulting manner... what do you expect when you call someone a hypocrite and say things like "people like you"? I tried to explain my position on the subject to you, and you've been more insulting, doing your best to comment in such a way as to make it look like I'm panicking or scared or stupid. Unfortunately, a lot of your replies show a lack of comprehension and, because of that, aren't valid arguments to the point I was making. I doubt i... [More]
Comment icon #30 Posted by Render on 22 June, 2012, 12:53
so anyway..i think we can ALL relax a bit knowing if will take another 10 years until it's ready for human consumption. Cuz they, yanno, try to test stuff sufficiently. So have a run, take a sauna, do whatever you need to get of your high-non manipulated-horse.
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