Breast milk or formula? It's one of the biggest choices a new mom makes. While the former is recommended for the first six months of a child's life, health and lifestyle factors may leave the latter as the only option. But that could soon change.
A team of geneticists in Argentina just announced they'd cloned the first cow with human genes. "The cloned cow, named Rosita ISA, is the first bovine born in the world that incorporates human genes that contain the proteins present in human milk," writes Argentina's National Institute of Agrobusiness Technology in a statement to press.
Rosita weighs twice as much a normal cow and produces milk that's nutritionally similar to human lactation. According to the researchers, she's capable of producing the protein lactoferrin as well as lysozyme, both anit-bacterial agents needed in the healthy development of a human baby.
Nobody's bottling and selling Rosita's milk for human consumption just yet, but she may give way to a new nutritional debate. Would you feed your baby genetically-modified breast milk?
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