Cell-cultured breastmilk is real, and it’s spectacular

What is the essence of breastmilk—is it the skin-to-skin contact of breastfeeding, or the milk itself? Just as tech entrepreneurs have been trying, for years, to prepare the public for meat without animals, now comes word that a cell biologist and a food scientist have successfully made breastmilk outside the body, using human mammary cells. In a Medium post, the two women behind MILQ say their samples contain proteins and sugars found in breastmilk. It’s a fascinating development. After all, if cell-cultured meat is merely juiced-up genetic material, why should we be content to experiment with cows and pigs—why not humans, too? Bye-bye baby formula?