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New Zealand team edges closer to allergy-free milk

Published on Oct 2, 2012 9:56 AM

WELLINGTON (AFP) - A team of New Zealand scientists claimed to be a step closer to producing allergy-free milk on 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.

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