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Alternative Delivery of Human Milk Proteins to Infants

Qiang Chen of Arizona State University in the U.S. proposes to engineer edible plants, such as lettuce and rice, to express beneficial proteins found in human milk. The protein bodies in these plants allow for the stable, high accumulation of these human milk proteins, and the plants can either be eaten directly by infants or formulated into baby food to provide essential nutrients and antibacterial benefits.

More information about Explore Nutrition for Healthy Growth of Infants and Children (Round 7)

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