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Embryo research hits ethical barrier – Expert Reaction

John Kerr posted in 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 […]

Paracetamol in pregnancy linked to ADHD – research

John Kerr posted in on September 26th, 2014.

Using paracetamol, one of the mainstays of over-the-counter pain relief, during pregnancy has been linked to the development of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children, according to new research. The University of Auckland study, published today in the journal PLOS ONE, found that self-reported paracetamol use by pregnant women was linked to development of […]

Brian Fallow: Focus on better use of less research

Peter Griffin posted in on November 11th, 2010.

Brian Fallow writes in the New Zealand Herald about the suggestions of the 2025 Taskforce, one of which is there should be no further increases in the amount of public funding allocated to research and development. NZ already spends less as relative to the size of our economy than many other OECD countries, and the […]

NZ Herald: Top researcher dies

Peter Griffin posted in on August 25th, 2010.

Sir Graham Liggins has died, age 84.  The researcher was known for his landmark work in foetal development, and the Liggins Institute was named in his honour. An excerpt: (read in full here) “With a paediatrician, Professor Ross Howie, Sir Graham conducted a controlled trial of pre-natal corticosteroids and showed a big reduction in respiratory […]

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Dom Post: $35m plan for kiwifruit quest

Peter Griffin posted in on November 9th, 2009.

Jon Morgan of the Dominion Post writes about a new investment into the kiwifruit industry, and one which will be the world’s biggest research and development programme into finding and developing new kiwifruit varieties. The investment of $35.7 million will come primarily from Zespri, with the Foundation for Science, Research and Technology providing the remainder […]

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