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Wider access and protection with HPV vaccine funding – Expert reaction

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

Pharmac will extend funding for HPV vaccine Gardasil to also cover boys and will change the vaccine type to cover more varieties of HPV. Following public consultation, Pharmac announced several changes to the vaccination schedule, including funding the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for boys. HPV can cause several types of cancer, including cervical and throat […]

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Obesity-linked gene discovered in Samoa – Expert reaction

Researchers studying obesity in Samoa have found a unique genetic variant that boosts fat storage and increases obesity risk in the islands’ population. The US-based researchers published their results in Nature Genetics today. They pinpointed a single genetic variant on chromosome 5 that, according to their estimates, is associated with about 35 per cent higher […]

July 26th, 2016 Read full Story

Government plan for a predator-free New Zealand – Expert Reaction

The Government plans to form a joint-venture company it will use to spearhead pest eradication efforts it hopes will exterminate all rats, stoats and possums in New Zealand by 2050. As part of the predator-free plan, four goals have been set for 2025: An additional 1 million hectares of land where pests have been supressed […]

July 25th, 2016 Read full Story

Newborn rats died after mothers fed rancid fish oil – Expert reaction

UPDATED: A new study from Auckland-based researchers found feeding pregnant rats high doses of rancid fish oil caused a high mortality rate among the rat pups. The study follows on from research published by the same group last year, where many brands of store-bought fish oil capsules were found to have oxidised, i.e. become rancid, […]

July 22nd, 2016 Read full Story

Plan to lure leading researchers to New Zealand – Expert reaction

The ‘Entrepreneurial Universities’ initiative will aim to bring 15 – 20 world-leading researchers to New Zealand, with our universities bidding for the opportunity to host them and their research teams. The $35 million investment is funded out of Budget 2016’s $761.4 million ‘Innovative New Zealand’ package and will involve 50/50 partnerships with individual universities. Full […]

July 20th, 2016 Read full Story

HIV infection rates barely dropped in ten years – Expert reaction

HIV infection rates globally have failed to significantly decline in ten years, with over 70 countries actually increasing, reveals new research co-authored by Australian and New Zealand scientists. A global analysis of HIV/AIDS infections and access to treatment, published in The Lancet HIV, showed the rate of new HIV infections has stagnated over the past decade […]

July 20th, 2016 Read full Story

Potential bowel cancer benefit of fish oils – Expert reaction

A diet high in fatty acids from oily fish might reduce the risk of dying from bowel cancer, but experts caution the findings are preliminary. New US-based research indicates there might be a link between high dietary omega-3 fatty acids from oily fish and a lowered risk of death in bowel cancer patients. The findings, […]

July 20th, 2016 Read full Story

Nobels’ challenge Greenpeace over GM – Expert reaction

Over 100 Nobel laureates have signed their name to an open letter challenging Greenpeace to end its opposition to genetically modified food. The signatories urge Greenpeace to “recognize the findings of authoritative scientific bodies and regulatory agencies, and abandon their campaign against ‘GMOs’ in general and Golden Rice in particular”. Golden Rice is a beta-carotene […]

July 1st, 2016 Read full Story

Ozone hole on the mend – Expert reaction

After persisting for decades, the hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica has begun to ‘heal’, exhibiting an ozone increase. New research from US and UK researchers, published in Science, reports that international efforts to control ozone-depleting chemicals are paying off. Regular and consistent increases in ozone have been detected using several different methods, giving […]

July 1st, 2016 Read full Story

Brexit: what does it mean for science? Expert reaction

Brexit is a reality – Britain has voted to leave the European Union. With the shock waves beginning to be felt, our colleagues at the Australian and UK Science Media Centres collected the following expert commentary from scientists regarding the implications of the Brexit vote. From the AusSMC: Professor Les Field AM FAA is Secretary […]

June 27th, 2016 Read full Story


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