Scientists said they have sequenced the 22,000 genes of the domestic cow and have identified special genes that control the cow's reproduction, digestion, lactation and immunity to diseases. These genes "may provide an enabling tool for genetic improvement within the beef and dairy industries," the study's author said.
Bernstein Research analyst Douglas Harned boosted his long-term profit estimates for several defense companies. He noted that the DOD's budget is shifting to higher margin procurement programs. He also said foreign military sales will also benefit U.S. defense firms.
The Department of Defense has pointed out defects in Bell Helicopter's V-22 Osprey program that raise "serious questions" about manufacturing and quality, Bloomberg News reports. Analysts say Bell Helicopter, which has partnered with Boeing on the project, must show it has improved the program if it wants full production approval for the V-22 Osprey.
RFID Journal's Mark Roberti offers his insight into the progression thus far of RFID technology implementation and expectations for the coming year. Roberti claims implementation will take time, and while many news stories in 2004 focused on Wal-Mart's experience and what has gone wrong with RFID, coverage in 2005 should focus on what successes RFID has achieved.
A new report from AMR Research finds Wal-Mart's suppliers are unprepared to meet the retailer's demands that they deliver RFID-tagged products by 2005 and that Wal-Mart has not adequately explained its vision for its RFID plans. Research suggests a typical CPG company that ships 50 million cases annually will need to spend between $13 million and $23 million to comply with with Wal-Mart's requirements and suppliers do not expect to see significant benefits.