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Kiwi scientist on mega-organism ancestor research

John Kerr posted in on November 24th, 2011.

Life was born complex, with the primordial ocean acting as a kind of genetic swap-shop over hundreds of millions of years as cells exchanged useful parts to effectively become a global mega-organism, says new American research. The last universal common ancestor (LUCA) is the label for a crude organism — probably one with structure sufficiently […]

Otago research makes advances in battle against cancer

John Kerr posted in on May 25th, 2011.

University of Otago scientists have uncovered how a key protein is involved in the uncontrolled growth of cancer cells. Research into the protein PAX8, undertaken by Prof Mike Eccles and his team, has just been published in an high-ranking international journal. Reporting for the Otago Daily Times, John Gibb explains the implications of the research. […]

The Press: Innovative new DNA test

Peter Griffin posted in on February 18th, 2010.

Ian Steward reports in The Press on a new forensic technique to be introduced to New Zealand in the near future. The test, which will allow forensic scientists to see which bodily tissue a DNA sample came from, is being developed by ESR for use by the middle of the year. An excerpt: (read in […]

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