Industry, Innovation and Science
Gene Shears Pty Ltd is a JV company established by the CPI. JV between CSIRO and Limagrain Pacific Pty Ltd. This company was set up in 1989 within the CSIRO as an incorporated joint venture between CSIRO and Groupe Limagrain Pacific Pty Ltd (later joined by Johnson and Johnson). The joint venture related to research in the ribozyme area. The "gene shears" breakthrough stemmed from basic research by two CSIRO scientists in 1983/84 into the molecular structure of a parasite of a plant virus. This led to the discovery of certain ribozymes that could be used to target and cut specific RNA molecules with potential applications in crop, horticulture and pasture plants.

Further information

  • Type of Body

    J. Joint Ventures, Partnerships and Interests in Other Companies

  • Established By / Under

    Principal Body / Management Board / Senior Executive Officer

  • Annual Report Prepared and tabled?


  • Classification

    C. Other

  • Auditor


  • Auditor Other

    MCS Audit Pty Ltd

  • Creation Date

    27 June 1989

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