Home Health Parents News Now Genetically Engineered Cow Believed to Reduce Infant Milk Allergies Genetically Engineered Cow Believed to Reduce Infant Milk Allergies By Holly Lebowitz Rossi October 03, 2012 Advertisement Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print shutterstock_114198583 29924 "Since the protein is not produced in human milk, it's not surprising that this protein may be recognized as a foreign protein in infants and cause allergies," study author and scientist at AgResearch in New Zealand Stefan Wagner told LiveScience. Studies show that about 1 in 12 infants develops an allergic response to whey, but most infants are able to outgrow their allergy. For decades, food manufacturers have broken up whey protein, a mix of about 10 proteins including Î²-lactoglobulin, in milk products through a process called hydrolysis in an effort to decrease its allergenicity. "Infant formula uses hydrolyzed milk, which is supposed to be much less allergenic, but there is still residual risk to exposure of allergies," Wagner said. Some outside researchers expressed concern because while the milk produced by Daisy does show much less Î²-lactoglobulin, it held more of a non-whey protein called casein, which is also responsible for allergies. "We wouldn't think that this has any relevance to milk allergy; whey protein is one of many, many proteins that people can be allergic to," said Robert Wood, allergy and immunology chief at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, who was not involved in the new research. Image: Cow, via Shutterstock By Holly Lebowitz Rossi Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print Comments Add a Comment Be the first to comment! No comments yet. Advertisement Close this dialog window Add a comment Genetically Engineered Cow Believed to Reduce Infant Milk Allergies Add your comment... Cancel Submit Success! Thanks for adding your feedback.