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New biodegradable biotech fibre

New biodegradable biotech fibre

A Minnesota company has come up with a biodegradable biotech fibre that is so versatile you could furnish an entire house with it.Cargill Dow LLC, based in Minnetonka, Minnesota, has developed the... More...

Medicine crops to stay in midwest despite concerns

The United States federal government has announced it will not stop US farmers in the Midwest and Plains states from planting new crops engineered to produce medicines despite pleas from environmental... More...

Proposed forestry standards create major risks

In recent months the NZ forestry industry has been considering a proposed plantation forest management standard promoted by Forest Certification NZ - an offshoot of the Forest Stewardship Council.... More...

RNA interference maintained in stem cells

Short hairpin RNAs (shRNAs) offer a new way to silence genes, courtesy of RNA interference (RNAi), reports an article for The Scientist. The story says a study from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, ... More...

'Sentinel plants' to warn of bioterrorism

U.S. soldiers walk down a trail in a war zone. One of them pulls out a hand-held electronic device and points it at a native plant. The readings on the device indicate the plant was exposed to nerve g... More...

Gene testing may be less available

Genetics experts are warning that genetic testing for the families of women with certain types of breast cancer may be less available in future, says a story from NewsRoom.The story says researche... More...

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Half A Billion Accounts: Yahoo Confirms Huge Data Breach

The account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (the vast majority with bcrypt) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers. More>>

Rural Branches: Westpac To Close 19 Branches, ANZ Looks At 7

Westpac confirms it will close nineteen branches across the country; ANZ closes its Ngaruawahia branch and is consulting on plans to close six more branches; The bank workers union says many of its members are nervous about their futures and asking ... More>>

Interest Rates: RBNZ's Wheeler Keeps OCR At 2%

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler kept the official cash rate at 2 percent and said more easing will be needed to get inflation back within the target band. More>>


Half Full: Fonterra Raises Forecast Payout As Global Supply Shrinks

Fonterra Cooperative Group, the dairy processor which will announce annual earnings tomorrow, hiked its forecast payout to farmers by 50 cents per kilogram of milk solids as global supply continues to decline, helping prop up dairy prices. More>>



Meat Trade: Silver Fern Farms Gets Green Light For Shanghai Maling Deal

The government has given the green light for China's Shanghai Maling Aquarius to acquire half of Silver Fern Farms, New Zealand's biggest meat company, with ministers satisfied it will deliver "substantial and identifiable benefit". More>>


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