Cow's Milk May Now Come Pre-Skimmed

NPR's John Ydstie takes a moment to note that in New Zealand they are now breeding cows that produce skimmed milk.

JOHN YDSTIE, host:

Marge the cow is worried about your fat intake and she's doing something about it. A biotech company in New Zealand has announced that they've discovered that some cows have a gene giving them the ability to produce skimmed milk. Marge, who is originally identified in 2001, naturally produces milk that is low in saturated fats. A low-fat gene was then found in some of her calves. When we found her daughters had the gene, that was the eureka moment.

Researcher Russell Snell told the New Zealand Dominion Post newspaper that the true Holy Grail, he said, will be to produce a sire with the gene. Now, if they can just find a chocolate gene, they'll really be on to something.

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