Posted by Lisa on April 3, 2011
Yes... you read that correctly. The Telegraph reported today that scientists have created genetically modified cattle to produce human milk. IF this were printed on a day earlier on April Fool's, it may have been more appropriate as a joke, but alas it is simply absurd and scary.
The scientists behind the research believe milk from herds of genetically modified cows could provide an alternative to human breast milk and formula milk for babies, which is often criticised as being an inferior substitute.
At least these "scientists" can manage the obvious.
The concerns with this type of biotechnology are too numerous to fathom. But the obvious considerations are, again, that we don't have the scientific data in most instances for the far-reaching human health, environmental and, in this case, animals welfare issues. More data should be required for the approval of any genetically engineered or transgenic organisms that traverse through an animal or otherwise, but have its end product for human consumption.
Labeling of such products remains another obvious issue - especially for these scientists. The development of this technology to be put on grocery store shelves to feed to human infants would most likely never even see the light of day if independent peer-reviewed studies were required proving health implications and if common sense return to nutrition and food and agriculture production.
Ah... yes. April Fool's Day a little late. We only wish we were joking.