Scientists Are Developing Man-Made Cows’ Milk That Could Spell The End Of Dairies

Vegans often suffer from a lack of vitamin D and calcium in their diets due to their abstinence from milk and other dairy products. This article on National Geographic presents a solution developed by Perumal Gandhi and Ryan Pandya, two bioengineers studying at a university in California.

Known as Muufri (pronounced “Moo-free”), this is set to be the world’s first milk that will be entirely cow-free. It will be generated from a special kind of genetically engineered yeast that has been designed to develop milk proteins.

The objective is to produce milk that retains the health benefits of milk while at the same time maintaining the taste – something that soy milk, almond milk, and other substitutes currently fail to do. The two co-founders believe that the product will be successful since they are offering a product that offers them the same health benefits while at the same time tasting like something they are used to.

The purpose of the company is not just to produce a beverage that can be enjoyed by 75 per cent of the world’s population, who are lactose-intolerant. They also want to reduce our dependence on animals, and developing this product would be an important step in that regard
The team were surprised to find that it was remarkably simple to make milk. The main components that give it its flavour and function are six proteins and eight fats. Lactose is also present but the team say it is superfluous; their cow-free milk will also be lactose-free
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