Scientists in New Zealand have genetically engineered a cow, Daisy, who produces lactose-free milk

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    Oct 02, 2012 10:37 PM GMT
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    People allergic to whey may be able to drink newly engineered milk without the unpleasant digestive consequences, according to research released Monday.

    A team of New Zealand researchers genetically engineered a cow named Daisy to produce milk free of β-lactoglobulin protein that can cause allergic skin, digestive and respiratory reactions predominantly in infants.

    "Since the protein is not produced in human milk, it's not surprising that this protein may be recognized as a foreign protein in infants and cause allergies," study author and scientist at AgResearch in New Zealand Stefan Wagner told LiveScience.

    Studies show that about 1 in 12 infants develops an allergic response to whey, but most infants are able to outgrow their allergy.

    For decades, food manufacturers have broken up whey protein, a mix of about 10 proteins including β-lactoglobulin, in milk products through a process called hydrolysis in an effort to decrease its allergenicity. [9 Weirdest Allergies]

    "Infant formula uses hydrolyzed milk, which is supposed to be much less allergenic, but there is still residual risk to exposure of allergies," Wagner said.
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    Oct 02, 2012 11:10 PM GMT
    This is really gonna piss off Little Miss Muffet.
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    Oct 03, 2012 12:36 AM GMT
    Lactose is a sugar. This is a protein that people are allergic to that has no known purpose other than to provide protein for infant cows. This milk still has lactose.
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    Oct 03, 2012 12:39 AM GMT
    checkinsideyourazzhole saidLactose is a sugar. This is a protein that people are allergic to that has no known purpose other than to provide protein for infant cows. This milk still has lactose.

    Well, there you go. Come for the science. Stay for the debunking.
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    Oct 03, 2012 12:47 AM GMT
    Caslon21000 said
    checkinsideyourazzhole saidLactose is a sugar. This is a protein that people are allergic to that has no known purpose other than to provide protein for infant cows. This milk still has lactose.

    Well, there you go. Come for the science. Stay for the debunking.

    Oh yeah? Just wait til the scientific tests come in contradicting these findings... ohh, they're going to have a cow*icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Oct 03, 2012 12:51 AM GMT
    science is truly amazing. i wonder how safe it is. guess i can say that about alot of altered food though.
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    Oct 03, 2012 3:06 AM GMT
    To top it off, the cow was born without a tail. Not even kidding.

    Off to a good start!
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    Oct 03, 2012 4:51 AM GMT
    Andrew86 saidTo top it off, the cow was born without a tail. Not even kidding.

    Off to a good start!
    That just means the cow is evolving, finally.

    Even some humans haven't reached that level of evolution. icon_wink.gif

    human-tail-cover1.jpg?w=450
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    Oct 03, 2012 5:18 AM GMT