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Embryo research hits ethical barrier – Expert Reaction

Posted in Science Alert: Experts Respond on May 5th, 2016.

Scientists have broken through a technical barrier in human embryo research and now face an ethical one. Two separate studies published in Nature and Nature Cell Biology today report on new methods allowing human embryos to cultured and studied in Petri dishes for as long as 13 days. Previous studies have struggled to keep embryos […]

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Morning jabs better for flu vaccination – Expert reaction

Influenza vaccinations are more effective in the morning, reports a new study. The UK research, published in the journal Vaccine, compared the immune response of 276 older adults vaccinated in the morning  or afternoon, and found that morning-vaccinated people had more influenza-fighting antibodies when tested one month later Read more about the study on Scimex.org The Science […]

April 27th, 2016 Read full Story

UPDATED: Is New Zealand a climate cheat? Expert reaction

New Zealand’s use of ‘hot air’ credits from Ukraine and Russia means we are cheating on our climate commitments, says a new report from the Morgan Foundation. The report, Climate Cheat, released this morning, outlines the rise of questionable carbon credits provided by the Ukraine and Russia in  2011-12, and New Zealand’s use of these […]

April 18th, 2016 Read full Story

Quakes in Ecuador & Japan – Expert reaction

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador on Saturday morning (NZT), centred near the coast, 170 km from the capital Quito. Latest reports indicate that the quake has killed at least 235 people and injured more than 1500. The Ecuador quake comes not long after strong quakes elsewhere in the Pacific, with magnitude 6.2 and 7.0 […]

April 18th, 2016 Read full Story

Snapshot of our internet usage – Expert reaction

Online privacy concerns and inequality in internet access are highlighted in the latest New Zealand data from the World Internet Project.  The latest two yearly survey from the Project, released today, quizzed almost 1400 New Zealanders on their online habits and views. The survey is carried out by AUT researchers at the Institute of Culture, […]

April 14th, 2016 Read full Story

Pacific origins for Brazil Zika outbreak? – Expert Reaction

The current Zika outbreak in Brazil may have had its origins in Polynesia, says new research speculating the virus was brought to South America by Pacific Island canoeing teams competing in Rio in 2014. The ongoing Zika outbreak in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, has been scrutinized by Brazilian and German scientists who have revealed its […]

April 13th, 2016 Read full Story

Tiny NZ Spider has the fastest jaws – Expert reaction

A New Zealand spider is the fastest in the world at snapping up prey with its jaws, according to a new study by US scientists. The new research, published in Current Biology, explored the the biting mechanism of trap jaw spiders (Mecysmaucheniidae), which are only found in New Zealand and South America. One particular species […]

April 8th, 2016 Read full Story

Business R&D spend rises – Expert reaction

New Zealand businesses increased their research and development spending by more than 15 per cent in the last year, according to Statistics New Zealand. The findings come from the latest Business Operations Survey undertaken by Statistics. According to the survey, business spending on R&D has grown from $1.25 billion in 2014 to $1.44 billion in 2015. […]

April 7th, 2016 Read full Story

Pig heart beats in baboon for two years – US expert reaction

International scientists may have overcome an key obstacle in xenotransplantation, successfully transplanting a heart from a pig into a baboon which survived for two years,  An effective immune-suppressing drug therapy has enabled the longest-to-date survival of a heart transplant from a pig to a baboon, published in Nature Communications this week. The implanted pig organ […]

April 6th, 2016 Read full Story

Meth contaminated homes, what’s the risk? – Expert reaction

Costly clean-ups for ‘P’-contaminated homes have been grabbing headlines, but what are the real risks facing a family moving in? Media have reported on figures released that  show the number of state houses testing positive for methamphetamine contamination (from use or manufacturing) is increasing. There have also been a number of media reports of other homes […]

March 24th, 2016 Read full Story


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