Friday, June 1, 2007

More Bovine than Bovine

This is pretty grim, given my rant of a couple of days ago:

Scientists have bred cows that produce skimmed milk and hope to establish herds of the cattle to meet the demands of health-conscious consumers.

The milk is also high in omega3 oils, claimed to improve brain power, and contains polyunsaturated fat. The saturated fats found in normal milk are linked to increased risk of heart disease. The cows, which have a particular genetic mutation, were bred from a single female discovered by researchers when they screened milk from millions of cattle in New Zealand.

Butter from these cows has the extra advantage of being spreadable straight from the fridge, like margarine.
More here.

5 comments:

T said...

JFC. That's all I can say.

Rob said...

This makes me think of something I heard a few years ago about goats being bred to spin silk...? Um. Wait here. (Google, google, google.) Ah! Here it is.

I don't know what the world is coming to, but whatever it is, it's kind of disturbing.

T said...

Yes, fucked up for sure, but unless it hasn't made the major news, the goat silk *didn't* create the revolution in fiber production that 2000 article thought it would. Funny....

Rob said...

Surely this experiment will be likewise relegated to the dustbin of history. One hopes.

Mike said...

That's nuthin' -- Jose still hasn't given up on growing beef (not cow, beef) in vitro.