Media reports are saying Chinese scientists have developed genetically modified cows that can produce human milk. A British newspaper says a laboratory in China has introduced human genes into dairy cows to produce milk almost identical to human breast milk. The researchers believe the new GM milk is a healthy alternative to milk powder, which many infant nutritionists say is not so good for babies. Researcher Professor Ning Li addressed people's concerns that the milk from GM cows could be harmful. He said it would be as safe as milk from ordinary dairy cows. He added the GM milk contains a human protein called lysozyme, which helps to protect babies from infections in the days and weeks after their birth.
Professor Li said the new milk will be on supermarket shelves within ten years. He believes it will be very popular, saying: "The milk tastes stronger than normal milk." He spoke about how important his team's research is. He said: "There are 1.5 billion people in the world who don't get enough to eat. 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." People on Britain's Sky News website had differing views. One commented: "It's totally disgusting. This planet is on a downward spiral into hell." Another said: "We interfere with nature every time we prevent death by taking engineered drugs. Get used to it."