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The science of a predator-free NZ – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on July 27th, 2016.

The Government’s announcement to aim for a ‘predator-free New Zealand’ by 2050 has been widely covered by media – both here at home and internationally – this week. While the initial announcement made a splash in both local and international media, now the question is: how might such an ambitious plan be pulled off? Self-resetting traps, genetic […]

UPDATED: New technology blurring line on GE crops – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on May 18th, 2016.

Genetically engineered crops are safe, but new regulations are needed as the definition of GE organisms becomes blurred, say US academies. An extensive study by the US-based National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has analysed the costs and benefits of genetically modified crops, drawing on almost 30 years of research. The key findings of the […]

Glowing bacteria ‘illegally’ produced in New Zealand – The Dominion Post

Laura Goodall posted in on April 8th, 2015.

Glowing green bacteria has been produced illegally in New Zealand using mail-order kits from America, Tom Hunt reports in The Dominion Post. The kits, ordered by educational institutes, contain harmless E. coli bacteria and plasmids with a gene for glowing under UV light. While these separately don’t pose a legal problem, educators that combine them to produce glowing bacteria are […]

‘Should Genetic Engineering play a part in NZ’s future?’

John Kerr posted in on April 3rd, 2014.

“Should Genetic Engineering play a part in New Zealand’s future?” That was the question at the heart of a debate hosted by Lincoln University this week. Respected broadcaster Kim Hill and panellists took part in the stimulating discussion on genetic engineering’s part in New Zealand’s future, featuring: Tony Conner, AgResearch; Jon Hickford, Lincoln University; Philip […]

Food security – How will we feed 9 billion people in 2050?

Peter Griffin posted in on September 3rd, 2012.

Global food supply will have to double by the middle of the century to feed the world’s burgeoning population, and less arable land and water will be available for agricultural production. At the same time, crop yields may drop by up to 27 percent over the same period due to climate change, making achieving this goal that […]

GM environmental benefits undebated – Straight Furrow

John Kerr posted in on August 20th, 2012.

In the wake of GM debate raised by an NZ speaking tour by two Australian farmers opposed to GE plants, Sandra Finnie interviewed crop research scientist Dr Michael Dunbier for rural newspaper Straight Furrow. An excerpt (read in full here): Dilemma over GM pasture research Release of GM grasses in New Zealand remains on the […]

Gene doping in sport? – Morning Report

John Kerr posted in on July 24th, 2012.

For Radio New Zealand’s Morning Report, William Ray investigates the current and future possibilities of genetic manipulation to enhance performance in sport. You can listen to the audio below:

Genetic engineering the future of sports doping?

John Kerr posted in on July 23rd, 2012.

The New Zealand Herald‘s Dylan Cleaver talks with Graeme Steel, Chief Executive of Drug Free Sport NZ, about the future of drug testing in sport. An excerpt (read in full here): Olympics: Anti-dope chief confident Kiwis clean At 6250 tests, London 2012 will be the biggest anti-doping operation in history, but it is the rapid, […]

Anti-GM wheat group stirs debate in UK – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on May 3rd, 2012.

Independent scientists have commented on an open letter from UK researchers whose field trial of genetically modified  wheat has been threatened by an anti-GM activist group. Protesters from a group called Take the Flour Back have declared their intent to put an end to an trial experiment with GMO wheat in the UK. The trial […]

Wild GM Canola in United States

John Kerr posted in on October 7th, 2011.

American research has shown that genetically modified canola plants grow outside of defined cultivation areas and that the plant’s modified genetic traits persist in wild. However, experts note that this is not new and that GM plants have been well documented in the wild previously. The study, published today by the online journal PLoS ONE, […]

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