genetically modified cows…

produce human milk:

“‘It’s good,’ said worker Jiang Yao. ‘It’s better for you because it’s genetically modified.'”

heh. make sure to read that with a really bad jackie chan sort-of accent. you know, like this: “it good! it bettah foh you because it genetically mohdified!” it’s waaay funnier then. (~_^)

on a more serious note:

“The director of the research project, Professor Li Ning, said Western concerns about the ethics of genetic modification are misplaced.

“‘There are 1.5 billion people in the world who don’t get enough to eat,’ he said. ‘It’s our duty to develop science and technology, not to hold it back. We need to feed people first, before we consider ideals and convictions.'”

well, there you go.

update 06/10 – huh. the argentines are at it, too: Argentine lab clones cow to produce human-like milk

another update 06/10 – ok! so i found the research article connected to this … uh … research, and what these chinese scientists have done is to get the cows to produce milk with more lysozyme in it. ah ha! so, it IS betteh foh you! (as long as you don’t grow a second head.) see here:

Characterization of Bioactive Recombinant Human Lysozyme Expressed in Milk of Cloned Transgenic Cattle

(note: comments do not require an email. it bettah foh you because it genetically mohdified!)


  1. There are people who are pro-GMO everywhere. But it’s unlikely they will push GMO food in China soon. There is a very strong group of government officials and scientists in China that explicitly express concern over the uncertainty of GMO consumption. In fact China has been very much cautious in introducing GMO food products, as most of the GMO production in China right now is cotton. Meantime, food safety is a very sensitive topic in China. There is a strong mistrust of government’s authority in food quality control and inspection in China. The rash release of such product would be a really bad decision for the authority.

    Therefore, even though those scientists are very excited and optimistic about the future of GMO, e.g. this particular breed, it is very unlikely to be in the food market any sooner. I think you were a bit misled by the coverage of this piece of news. I would suggest you to go to for confirmation, as that website is the official news media from the Chinese authority. Such controversial issues must be reported from Xinhua. And seriously, citing Fox as source of information?


  2. All I can say is that they appear to cite from a common source, both Fox and sky news. The reason why I mention about Xinhua is because usually if the authority in China thinks positive of something (e.g. the case of GMO as it appears to them in the news article), there’s no reason that Xinhua would miss bragging about a new achievement by the Chinese national.

    Not that I am optimistic about Chinese government, I am just saying after the milk incident last year no one in China would even consider buying Chinese milk. It is just common logic that they wouldn’t release GMO milk to the public at this time and brag about it shamelessly.


  3. @thesliteye – i looked around xinhua, but i didn’t see anything. mind you, i don’t speak chinese, so i didn’t spend much time there. looked for a picture of a cow or milk or something like that. (~_^) didn’t see anything on their english page, either.

    did you see that i posted the original research article from plos?


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