For a decade, biotechnology has held the promise of enormous potential for the food ingredients industry. However, the events of recent weeks surrounding the approval of bovine somatotropin have dampened any optimism that realizing this promise will be either quick or easy. Bovine somatotropin (often referred to as simply bovine growth hormone, or BGH) is a natural protein that increases milk production in dairy cows. Years ago, researchers at Monsanto successfully isolated the genetic ...

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