Now that cows have been genetically engineered with human genetic material to produce something that is reportedly 80% similar to breastmilk, scientists are trying to find out what else they can do!
Scientists in New Zealand have created – in effect – transgender goats to see if the milk that they create is similar to human breastmilk. According to the Scientists at AgResearch, the these goats, which are described as a female trapped in a male goat’s body, naturally occur in nature – in about 10-15% of the population. I don’t know which is more odd – the story about the cows, or the story about the goats?
In other news: new studies continue to come out that look at the benefits of breastfeeding. A meta analysis published in Pediatrics shows that breastfeeding, may help prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) – up to 73% for exclusively breastfed infants, and up to 60% reduction for infants that were ever breastfed!
And now – for some human interest stories about breastfeeding:
Deborah Valenze has a new book out called”Milk: a Local and Global History” which looks at everything from breastmilk to cow’s milk.
A story about breastfeeding in Mongolia from Ruth Kamnitzer.
And a story of milk donations that have helped a baby to thrive from Portland, OR!