Epidermal growth factor is a major growth-promoting agent in human milk

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Science  10 Oct 1980:
Vol. 210, Issue 4466, pp. 198-199
DOI: 10.1126/science.6968093


Human milk stimulates DNA synthesis in cell cultures in which growth has been arrested. The mitogenic activity of milk is neutralized by the addition of antibody to human epidermal growth factor. The results identify epidermal growth factor as a major growth-promoting agent in breast milk.