Tuesday, June 12, 2012

A cloned cow begins producing breast milk in Argentina

A cloned cow begins producing breast milk in Argentina  .

A cloned cow by Argentine scientists with bovine and human genes began producing similar to breast milk in order to contribute to the fight against infant mortality, according to the college by the studies.

Researchers at the Universidad Nacional de San Martín (UNSAM) and the National Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA) joined "Isa", a cloned cow last year, two human genes "that encode two proteins present in human milk, high importance for the nutrition of infants, "says a statement from the house of studies.

Protein is lactoferrin and lysozyme, including the DNA of the cow, also known as "Rosita".

Scientists have thus been included in this cow "bitransgénica" two human genes in the bovine genome, which allowed the two proteins are made ​​present in the mammary gland during lactation, the university said.

"Isa", born in April 2011 at the INTA, was filed in June last year by the president of Argentina, Cristina Fernandez, who said he would become the "first cow in the world capable of producing infant formula."

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