Chinese researchers have announced they’ve produced a bio-engineered herd of dairy cattle that produces more “human-like” milk that has 20% more milk fat and several key proteins, including lysozyme.
The story, reported today in the British newspaper The Telegraph
, says commercialization of the genetically-modified (GM) cows will take another decade. But the researchers say milk from these GM-modified cows more closely resembles human milk, and could be targeted for use in infant formula.
And because these cows produce higher levels of lactoferrin, they might be better able to resist mastitis infections themselves, say scientists from the China Agriculture University.