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Antibiotic resistance a concern in NZ – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on May 17th, 2017.

New Zealand isn’t insulated from the global problem of antimicrobial resistance, concludes the latest expert advice paper from the Royal Society Te Apārangi. Released today, Antimicrobial Resistance – Implications for New Zealanders compiled evidence on what impacts antimicrobial resistance would have in New Zealand. With many microbes developing resistance to medicines, including bacteria, viruses, fungi […]

Typhoid outbreak in Auckland – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on April 3rd, 2017.

An outbreak of typhoid in Auckland has sent at least ten people to hospital, with officials working to confirm another case. The Auckland Regional Public Health Service said all the confirmed cases appeared to be linked and it seemed the disease was spread by a common source. Writing on SciBlogs, Dr Siouxsie Wiles said that […]

Newsroom launches and The Project features science – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on March 13th, 2017.

New spots for science in New Zealand news, with launch of Newsroom and The Project and a special climate section on NZ Geographic’s website. launched today, the brainchild of former Mediaworks head of news Mark Jennings and NZ Herald former editor-in-chief Tim Murphy. Its feature story for launch day was an investigation by reporters […]

WHO lists priority pathogens – Expert Reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on March 2nd, 2017.

This week the World Health Organization (WHO) released a priority list for pathogens for which new drugs are urgently needed to combat. The list includes 12 families of bacteria divided into three categories: critical, high and medium priority. Among the critical group includes Pseudomonas aeruginosa,  which causes skin infections in humans – some strains have been […]

Antimicrobial resistance – Expert Q&A

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on November 21st, 2016.

Growing rates of antimicrobial resistance could leave us without effective drugs to treat serious infections – “the end of modern medicine as we know it”, according to the WHO’s Margaret Chan. November 14-18 was World Antibiotic Awareness Week and Dr Siouxsie Wiles at Te Pūnaha Matatini planned an awareness campaign about antimicrobial resistance: InfectedNZ. It was […]

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 […]

PM’s Science Prize winners announced

Dacia Herbulock posted in on November 12th, 2013.

One million dollars has been awarded to the six winners of this year’s Prime Minister’s Science Prizes. In a ceremony today in Wellington, top prize winners Prof John Boys and Prof Grant Covic were recognised for their impressive track record of innovation stretching back over 20 years. The two University of Auckland engineers have developed and commercialised wireless or inductive […]

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