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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GM’s Dan Ammann Sees the Future as Autonomous

GM’s Dan Ammann Sees the Future as Autonomous

New Zealand-born Dan Ammann, the president of General Motors, is boundlessly optimistic when it comes to the Detroit automaker’s role in the future of cars. “We are inventing a lot as we…