A cow genetically engineered to produce hypo-allergenic milk has captured headlines both here and overseas.
Daisy, a calf genetically modified to produce milk lacking a certain protein to which some infants are allergic, was developed by scientists from Agresearch and the University of Waikato.
You can read more about the research and expert commentary collected by the SMC, here.
A journal article detailing the research behind Daisy and her milk was published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and has received widespread international media attention.
ABC News: GM cow produces allergy-free milk
Telegraph: GM cows produce hypoallergenic milk
BBC News: GM cows make ‘low allergy’ milk
Wall Street Journal: New Zealand Scientists Breed Cow to Make Low-Allergy Milk
Huffington Post: Anti-Allergy Milk? Cow Genetically Engineered To Produce Milk With Less BLG Protein
The Guardian: GM cow designed to produce milk without an allergy-causing protein
…And there has been no shortage of local coverage and discussion:
Stuff.co.nz (and Fairfax papers): Strong opposition to AgResearch’s GE milk
Southland Times: Allergy-free milk for children in New Zealand
Otago Daily Times: NZ team in GE milk breakthrough
Straight Furrow: Allergy-free milk on the way
Stuff.co.nz (and Fairfax papers): Allergy-free milk on the way
Radio New Zealand: GM cow could produce hypo-allergenic milk
NZ Herald: Hypo-allergenic milk from GE cow in sight
Timaru Herald: Editorial: A pity about the tail
Waikato Times: Lobby group lambasts GE research
NZ Herald: Daisy’s modified milk proves divisive
RadioLIVE: Relief for children allergic to milk – but there is a catch
Yahoo! News: New Zealand team edges closer to allergy-free milk
3 News: GM cow: low allergy milk, but no tail
TVNZ News: Low allergy milk ‘frightening’ – GE Free