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Father’s Milk

Father’s Milk – a thing of the future?

In an encyclopaedia of 1909, I found the statement that the only mammal in which males are known to regularly supply milk to their offspring was a snowshoe rabbit in the Rocky mountains by the name of Lepus bairdii. Apparently this claim could not be substantiated later on, for the current view is that in spite of the presence of the nipples in many mammalian males, no male is known to normally lactate on a regular basis (but wait!). A combination of oestrogen treatment and nipple stimulation can, however, provoke lactation in male individuals of a wide range of animal species and spontaneous lactation, even in human males, is known. That male and female breast tissues aren’t terribly different is also borne out by the sad, but little known fact, that men, too, can suffer from breast cancer.
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How to Milk a Pigeon

A challenge for the future Bio-food lover

We do not hear all that much about Indian research, although India’s successful Mangalayaan Mars probe did cause worldwide admiration. There are in fact hundreds of thousands of good scientists there (and even more not so good ones) and it can be very interesting to find out what some of them are working on. Take for instance Dr Shetty and colleagues of Mangalore University. Their work caught my attention quite a few years ago: it dealt with the composition of pigeon milk. —>