A team of New Zealand scientists claimed to be a step closer to producing allergy-free milk Tuesday, using a genetically-modified cow for their medical breakthrough.
The team at the AgResearch Institute said they had bred the first cow in the world to produce high-protein milk with significantly reduced amounts of a protein believed responsible for allergies.
“This outstanding breakthrough has enormous implications,” said Graham le Gros, director of New Zealand’s Malaghan Institute, which focuses on finding cures for allergies.
The project has been underway since 2006 and came to fruition with milk from an 11-month old cloned calf named Daisy.
“We were successful in greatly reducing the amount of beta-lactoglobulin (BLG), a milk whey protein which is not in human breast milk and which can cause allergic reactions,” said Dr Stefan Wagner, one of the lead authors on the paper.
“Two to three per cent of infants are allergic to cow’s milk, and BLG allergies make up a large part of that percentage.”
The scientists first used a mouse to test their process of knocking BLG protein out of the composition of milk before Daisy was genetically modified and induced to lactate.
“We only obtained small quantities (of milk) over a few days for these initial studies,” Wagner said.
“We now want to breed from Daisy and determine the milk composition and yield from a natural lactation.”
The scientists are also interested to know why Daisy does not have a tail, although they do not believe this is linked to the genetic modification.
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‘The wheels are coming off’: MSNBC panel says Trump told his chief of staff to ‘walk the plank’
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"Did things change today, do you think?" Williams asked.
"I do feel like the wheels are coming off," Maddow said.
"For the Energy Secretary [Rick Perry] to resign, you've had two cabinet secretaries resign during the impeachment proceedings already, one of whom, the current one resigning tonight, the Energy Secretary, does appear to be involved in the scheme, at least on a couple of different levels. We have got the White House Chief of Staff who was sent out today, not only to make the, 'Yes, it was quid pro quo. Yes, we did it. What are you going to make of it?' article -- which was bracing, but then to take it back, simultaneously announcing this self-dealing, which is something more blatant than we’ve ever seen from any president in U.S. history," she explained.
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Trump impersonated a CNN anchor — and a US president — during epic meltdown at Texas speech
President Donald Trump offered multiple impersonations during a campaign rally in Dallas, Texas on Thursday.
Trump showed the crowd his impersonation of a president of the United States -- and a CNN anchor.
"No guns. No religion. No oil. No natural gas," Trump said. "Abraham Lincoln could not win Texas under those circumstances. Couldn’t do it."
In fact, Abraham Lincoln could not win Texas when he ran for president as the state refused to print any ballots with his name.
He then showed the audience two impersonations as part of his 87-minute speech.
"I used it to say, I can be more presidential. Look," Trump said, as he shuffled awkwardly on stage.