Argentine Cow Clones May Help Boost Milk Output

ARGENTINA - Scientists in Arentina have been able to boost milk production by injecting cows with growth hormones derived from genetically modified clones.
calendar icon 7 November 2008
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Synthetic bovine somatotropin, which is also called rbST, is already injected into cows to boost milk production, but Argentine researchers say their method is cheaper and produces a natural bovine hormone.

According to Reuters, Andres Bercovich, head of research and development at biotechnology firm Bio Sidus, said that if a cow would normally produce 5.3 gallons (20 liters) of milk per day, it could produce more than 6 gallons (24 to 25 liters) when it is injected with the hormone.

"It's going to be a cheaper method because it requires far less equipment and the only costs are what the animal needs," he told Reuters on Wednesday.

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