AgResearch makes specific application to ERMA to permit GM ruminant research
AgResearch has submitted a limited application to ERMA for specific research using genetically modified goats, sheep and cattle in containment. This is necessary so that AgResearch can meet contractual requirements.
In 2008 AgResearch applied to ERMA for four new approvals to continue the transgenic livestock programme for a number of species and a range of activities, from pure scientific research, to maintaining transgenic animals in containment for the production of speciality milks or milk products (e.g. lactoferrin), and the production of biopharmaceutical proteins. These four applications are currently held up by legal action.
This new application is restricted to existing facilities at AgResearch Ltd’s Ruakura campus in Hamilton and does not seek approval for commercial production.