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Environment Commissioner reports on agricultural greenhouse gases – Expert Reaction

Posted in Science Alert: Experts Respond on October 19th, 2016.

A new report from the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Jan Wright, has called for New Zealanders to work together to tackle the “complex problem of the biological greenhouse gases from agriculture”. Methane and nitrous oxide form about half of New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions, but there have been many false starts in dealing with […]

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Fertile eggs created from mouse stem cells – Expert Reaction

Japanese researchers have successfully produced functional mouse eggs entirely in cell culture using stem cells. Their study, published today in Nature, resulted in healthy and fertile mouse pups. The researchers say being able to grow viable mouse eggs in the lab will provide clues to aid the development of similar systems in other species. More information […]

October 18th, 2016 Read full Story

Low sperm count following ICSI conception – Expert reaction

A new study of men who were conceived in the 1990s using a now common fertility treatment has found they have lower-than-average fertility – suggesting the treatment passed the fathers’ fertility issues onto the sons. The 54 young men, now aged 18-22, were conceived using intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) – a method used for men […]

October 6th, 2016 Read full Story

UPDATED: World’s first ‘three-parent’ baby – Expert Reaction

News broke overnight that a baby born in April was the result of a new technique using DNA from three people. The Jordanian parents contacted researchers at New York’s New Hope Fertility Center after discovering the mother had a rare mitochondrial disease – Leigh syndrome – which she had passed on to two children, both […]

September 28th, 2016 Read full Story

UN brings the battle to superbugs – Expert Reaction

After a high-level meeting yesterday, all 193 United Nations member states have pledged to work together to tackle superbugs – disease-causing bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites that have developed resistance to drugs. It was only the fourth time the UN held a high-level meeting on infectious diseases. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon outlined the number of […]

September 22nd, 2016 Read full Story

UPDATED: National cat management strategy launches – Expert reaction

Animal welfare and conservation groups will jointly launch a plan for cats, addressing impacts on wildlife and cat owners. The National Cat Management Strategy calls for nationwide mandatory microchipping and desexing of domestic cats when ownership is transferred as part of an increased focus on responsible pet ownership. It also proposes ways to manage stray […]

September 21st, 2016 Read full Story

Changes to cervical cancer screening – Expert Reaction

From 2018, women will begin cervical screening at age 25 – instead of 20 – based on evidence that suggests screening younger women does more harm than good. The Ministry of Health announced the change today, with clinical director of the National Screening Unit Dr Jane O’Hallahan saying the human papillomavirus (HPV) causes more than 90 […]

September 14th, 2016 Read full Story

Do e-cigs help smokers quit? – Expert Reaction

Two new reports suggest using e-cigarettes help people quit smoking, including a Cochrane Collaboration review that included a New Zealand study. A study published in the British Medical Journal this morning suggests the growth in the use of e-cigarettes in England has been associated with a higher rate of successful attempts to quit smoking. A […]

September 14th, 2016 Read full Story

Link between earthquakes and tides? – Expert reaction

Japanese researchers say they have found a link between high tide and large earthquakes, which could indicate a greater likelihood of earthquakes following the new or full moon. The researchers reconstructed the size of tidal stress from the two weeks prior to earthquakes of magnitude 5.5 or higher over the past 20 years and say large […]

September 13th, 2016 Read full Story

Glaciers drove kiwi diversity – Expert reaction

A new study suggests kiwi are more diverse than previously thought, thanks to ice age glaciations driving evolution into multiple lineages. Researchers based in Canada, in collaboration with Department of Conservation scientists, examined a database of kiwi DNA across the geographic range of the five known kiwi species. They found the five kiwi species divided […]

August 30th, 2016 Read full Story

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