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High court decision on GMOs – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on May 23rd, 2014.

What is a genetically modified organism? New Zealand’s legal system is struggling with the question in the face of emerging new technologies – as highlighted in a new High Court decision. At the heart of the decision was Crown Research Institute Scion’s plans to develop pine tree strains using new techniques based on ZFN-1 (Zinc […]

Was penguin evolution driven by a cooling Antarctic? – NZ Research

John Kerr posted in on November 14th, 2013.

This article, reposted from The Conversation, is based on new research co-authored by Allan Wilson Centre researchers Gabrielle Beans-Picon (Massey University) and Craig D. Millar (University of Auckland). Was penguin evolution driven by a cooling Antarctic? By Sankar Subramanian, Griffith University Penguins are a remarkable group of flightless birds. We tend to think of them […]

Arsenic-eating bacteria expand scope of what life could be

Peter Griffin posted in on December 3rd, 2010.

NASA researchers have discovered a strain of bacteria in a lake in California that uses arsenic as one of its nutrients, increasing the potential for finding new forms of life on Earth and beyond. The scientists, who today published their research in the journal Science, say the discovery shows the potential for life beyond the […]

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