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Mapping the kiwi genome – In the News

John Kerr posted in on July 24th, 2015.

The kiwi’s unique nocturnal behaviour is linked to some altered genes that eliminate color vision and others that modify its sense of smell, according European scientists who have mapped the birds entire DNA. The research, published in the open access journal Genome Biology, has been widely covered by New Zealand media. You can read more […]

Scientists sequencing DNA of endangered tuatara – Dominion Post

Laura Goodall posted in on April 22nd, 2015.

The Dominion Post‘s Olivia Wannan looks at how sequencing DNA from the tuatara could help conservationists develop a better way to bring it back from the brink of extinction. Olivia is a finalist in the Reporter Science and Technology category for this year’s Canon Media Awards. An excerpt (read the story in full here): Forget animal attraction – the perfect mate for […]

Herald’s summer focus on science

Peter Griffin posted in on January 17th, 2014.

The Herald recently ran a series of articles exploring ‘Science that will change our lives’, authored by science reporter Jamie Morton. The six-part series highlighted a number of research projects currently underway around the country, whose discoveries are affecting our lives. The topics ranged from developing molecules to fight viruses, to tackling poor nutrition, and […]

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Autism genetics unravelled – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on April 5th, 2012.

New research published in the leading journal Nature has started the difficult process picking apart the underlying genetic factors that contribute to Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Although it is well accepted that genetics make a strong contribution to ASD, most of the underlying causes remain unknown. In addition, despite the identification of specific […]

SNP chip technology a $52m fillip for farm sector – researcher

Peter Griffin posted in on February 10th, 2012.

New Zealand farmers stand to gain $52 million over the next five years from scientific innovation which has given a local company a signficant lead in screening sheep for potentially profitable genetic gains, says a senior researcher, John McEwan, who estimates another $26 million of off-farm benefits will also be earned. Depending on short and […]

Multiple sclerosis genome study offers treatment clues

John Kerr posted in on August 12th, 2011.

A large international study has identified many new genetic variations linked to multiple sclerosis (MS). The study, which included New Zealand researchers and patients, provides new clues to the mechanisms underlying this complex neurodegenerative disorder.  The findings of the study, undertaken by the  International Multiple Sclerosis Genetics Consortium, were published in Nature this week. In […]

New Zealanders help dig up potato genome

John Kerr posted in on July 13th, 2011.

This week the Potato Genome Sequencing Consortium published the genome of the humble potato in the international journal Nature. The Consortium is a collection of academic and industrial research groups – including New Zealand’s Plant & Food Research –  which over the last 5 years has been working to unravel the DNA blueprint of the […]

NZ Herald: Are you descended from Neanderthals?

Peter Griffin posted in on September 3rd, 2010.

An article in the NZ Herald looks at whether we may be descended, at least in part, from Neanderthals, and discusses research suggesting that some of us carry parts of the Neanderthal genome The Neanderthal genome mitochondrial genome sequence, announced in 2008, suggested that this was not the case – the recent sequencing of the […]

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