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Deirdre Coleman

New Zealand’s clean green image of pristine fiords, beaches and forests may be an asset for our tourism and export industries, but when it comes to our seafood exports, looking good isn't enough. AUT senior lecturer in Marine Ecology and Aquaculture, Dr Andrea Alfaro, is working hard to improve the health and production of our commercially farmed selfish, in particular our native green-lipped mussels and paua.

It might sound like science fiction, but being able to accurately predict and offer customised treatment for disease based on an individual’s genetic makeup, plus social and environmental factors, is well within reach, according to Professor Nikola Kasabov of AUT University.