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

Posted in Science Alert: Experts Respond on September 28th, 2016.

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 […]

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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

Sunglasses not up to scratch – Expert Reaction

A new study suggests sunglasses’ UV filters need to be more rigorously tested as the current test is unrealistic, especially for people living in the Southern Hemisphere. The Brazilian-led research, published in Biomedical Engineering Online, found the ageing test used to determine safety standards for sunglasses was not sufficient to ensure protection for the average […]

August 26th, 2016 Read full Story

Earth-like planet around the Sun’s closest neighbour – Expert reaction

UPDATED: A small rocky planet has been discovered orbiting Proxima Centauri, the Sun’s closest stellar neighbour, and it may sustain an atmosphere and liquid water that could support life. The discovery of the planet, which is named Proxima b, has a mass about 1.3 times that of the Earth and is just over four light years away, is […]

August 25th, 2016 Read full Story

Italy quake: comparisons and contrasts with Christchurch – Expert reaction

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake has struck the central Italian town of Amatrice, badly damaging the town and trapping people under rubble. At least six people are reported to have lost their lives so far. Dr Mark Quigley was a researcher and lecturer at the University of Canterbury when the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes struck Christchurch. […]

August 25th, 2016 Read full Story


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