13 January 2000
Cows can supply ‘humanised’ milk

SCIENTISTS in Edinburgh have played a part in breeding cows that can supply “humanised” milk from genetically modified cows.

They unveiled Rosie, a GM cow that can produce the human breast milk protein alphalactalbumin, three years ago.

Now, a 20-strong herd of similar cows has been bred in Virginia by an American subsidiary of Edinburgh-based PPL Therapeutics.

Eventually, the scientists hope to use genetic engineering to humanise cow milk entirely.

PPL is the genetic specialist which also produced Dolly the sheep.