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FRST calls for award nominations Australian baby first for cancer gene test BPI seeks more strategic input arising from fate of transgenic sheep DNA vaccine may be timebomb for cancer Grow your own teeth Patents may put world health at risk, scientist says

FRST calls for award nominations Nominations are now being called for the prestigious Technology Commendation Awards sponsored by the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology.The Awards are designed to publicly recognise t... More...

Australian baby first for cancer gene test Australia has its first baby to be screened to avoid a cancer-causing genetic mutation, The Age said today. The paper said IVF baby Nathan Charles Runciman, who was born on January 20, was an eigh... More...

BPI seeks more strategic input arising from fate of transgenic sheep A failure to consider the strategic value of an approval to create a flock of transgenic sheep in New Zealand means that our scientists are on the verge of losing a significant scientific resource the... More...

DNA vaccine may be timebomb for cancer A delayed-release system could help produce more effective vaccines against a number of diseases, including cancer. Scientists from Massachusetts Institute of Technology encased their "DNA vaccine... More...

Grow your own teeth People with missing or damaged teeth may one day buy implants of new living teeth grown from their own cells, says a U.K. researcher.Scientists are using a biological approach to 'regenerative den... More...

Patents may put world health at risk, scientist says International biotech companies which hold patents to techniques and processes that are crucial to the production of vaccines could have the upper hand in the battle against the Avian flu crisis.J... More...

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Nurofen Promotion: Reckitt Benckiser To Plead Guilty To Misleading Ads

Reckitt Benckiser (New Zealand) intends to plead guilty to charges of misleading consumers over the way it promoted a range of Nurofen products, the Commerce Commission says. More>>


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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