Bill Gates is funding genetic research into how to create the perfect cow

US Materials 28 January 2018 11:11 (UTC +04:00)

Bill Gates has funded genetic research into how to create the perfect cow — one that will produce more milk and be able to withstand temperatures beyond that of the average cow, Business Insider reports.

The Microsoft founder has invested $40 million (£28 million) in the Global Alliance for Livestock Veterinary Medicines, or GALVmed, a nonprofit organization based in Edinburgh, Scotland, that conducts research into livestock vaccinations and genetics, the BBC reported.

Gates wants to help create the perfect cow that will produce as much milk as a European cow but be able to withstand heat as well as an African cow, according to the Times newspaper.

He said: "The impact per dollar we spend is super-high in this area. You can have a cow that is four times as productive with the same survivability."

Though it's unclear how exactly such cows will be created, Gates has previously proposedcreating cows via artificial insemination.

His endowment, made through his philanthropic organization the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, forms part of a larger investment that includes cash from the UK's Department for International Development.