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Newsletter Digest: Nutrigenomics, IPCC errors and DNA forensics

Peter Griffin posted in on February 19th, 2010.

Nutrigenomics – what is it exactly? Genes, diet and gut health will be the focus of discussion in Auckland next week as scientists, nutritionists and food technologists gather for a conference looking at what the latest research says about how foods affect gene expression and therefore human health. It is early days for nutrigenomics, but […]

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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TVNZ/NZPA: CSI no relevance to real DNA profiling

Peter Griffin posted in on February 17th, 2010.

Programmes such as CSI have actually been unhelpful to the field of forensics, as they’ve given the public an inaccurate view of what can be done.  This can be problematic when having to present evidence in court, says Dr Peter Gill, an expert visiting from the UK. Dr Gill, who was the first to demonstrate […]

NZ Herald: Global DNA search a step closer, says expert

Peter Griffin posted in on February 17th, 2010.

With the visit of international expert Dr Peter Gill, Eloise Gibson of the New Zealand Herald reports on the growing use of DNA profiling in forensics, and a future where DNA profiles can be searched through internationally using Google-like methods. She also writes about DNA profiling specifically in New Zealand, the unhelpfulness of the ‘CSI-effect’, […]

Forensics pioneer on the science of DNA profiling

Peter Griffin posted in on February 16th, 2010.

It is 20 years since DNA evidence was first presented in a New Zealand court, a development that resulted in the conviction of Michael James Pengelly for the murder of an elderly Auckland woman. Long-used in helping solve serious crimes, DNA samples in the mid nineties were increasingly used as evidence in criminal cases when […]

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