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Ep. 20: Why Don't We Have Infant Formula That's As Good As Breast Milk? | Orbitals 401

Dr. Steven Townsend is a professor of Organic Chemistry at Vanderbilt University, studying the chemistry of breast milk—what makes it so good for babies, and why that’s so hard to replicate in infant formula. Dr. Townsend’s interest in the field came from a personal experience he had almost a decade ago, walking around New York City with his pregnant wife and seeing inequalities in who was being marketed what information.

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