No More Allergies

AgResearch scientists have genetically engineered a cow to produce anti-allergy milk. They hope the technique, which uses a process called RNA interference that reduces the activity of certain genes without eliminating it completely, can be used to control other traits in livestock. “In developed countries, 2-3 per cent of infants are allergic to cows’ milk proteins in the first year of life,” the researchers said in a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Bruce Whitelaw, professor of animal biotechnology at the University of Edinburgh, said the New Zealand research was “certainly a milestone study in this field”.


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Xero’s Rod Drury on Succession Plans

Xero’s Rod Drury on Succession Plans

Succession planning is critical to the ongoing health and longevity of a company. New Zealand-based software company Xero’s succession plans were put to the test with the unexpected announcement that chairman,…