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Animal Free Milk © 2014 Muufri
It takes about 1,000 liters of water to produce one liter of milk. Muufri is bioengineering yeast to produce all ingredients of regular cow milk. They substitute lactose with nearly indistinguishable plant sugars, and culture yeast to release casein, a protein found in animal milk. If they will be successful, their process might be used to replace milk and a produce wide range of dairy products, such as cheese, butter and yoghurt. 

“If you have all the right ingredients, making milk by hand can actually be surprisingly easy,” Pandya says. “Part of the reason why we’ve come this far and to put in the effort to see if it would work is because we’re passionate animal lovers at heart.” Gandhi and Pandya are pushing feverishly to begin sales in California before 2017. Pandya says milk is ideal for synthesizing, with less than 20 components. Around 87 percent are water and the rest are proteins, enzymes, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. Instead of using cashews and almonds to mimic milk, Muufri is bioengineering yeast to produce authentic milk proteins, which will give it the same taste and nutrition as regular milk. They say they already match 97% of the taste.

© Text 2014 Washington Post
 

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I like to share the great things I discover daily while researching and working in the field of Synthetic Biology.

When I talk to people about it, they often refer to Science Fiction. However, when I send them links to this wiki and they read through those pages, they start understanding that this is real and it's happening right now.

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