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Indian Scientists Find Gold In Cow Urine

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Indian Scientists Find Gold In Cow Urine
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In what can only be termed a stunning discovery, scientists at Junagadh Agricultural University in Gujarat, India have found soluble gold in cow urine. The four-year study analyzed 400 samples of Gir cow urine for medicinal properties at JAU's Food Testing Laboratory. Using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) tests, the team discovered between 3mg and 10mg of soluble gold per liter in the urine.

Dr BA Golakia, head of the research team, told reporters “There is a reference in Atharva Veda that cow urine contains gold. We wanted to validate this claim, and therefore, took up this minor project of trying to find traces of gold in urine, along with our larger project of analysing cow urine holistically and find out its properties useful for human and plant health.”

An amazing 5,100 other compounds were identified in Gir cow urine by the team. According to their research, 388 possess medicinal value for humans, animals, and plants.

Gir Cow (Pavanaja (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons)

The study also found that the amount of gold in cow urine changed with the seasons and age of the cow: “The gold concentration is higher in urine of calves as compared to adults. Similarly, more gold was found in urine of dry cows as compared to milching ones. The gold content was observed higher in samples collected during summer as compared to monsoon.”

So far, the Gir seems to be the only cattle breed that pees gold. Plans are underway to test the urine of all 39 breeds of indigenous cows. Tests were earlier performed on several other species of animal, including camels, buffaloes, sheep, and goats, with negative results.

While the press is abuzz with the news, with some tabloids declaring "All Our Problems Solved!", Dr Golakia cautions people against the idea of a bovine gold mine: “The gold salt in cow urine can be transformed into powder, and then into metal balls. But we do not prescribe to start an industry of extracting gold from cow urine."

Though the study was performed in a nationally-accredited testing lab, it has yet to be replicated by other research teams. Until another study confirms the presence of gold in cow urine, this could all just be a load of bull.

gir cattle"You want to do WHAT to my cows?"


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