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Information about a gene that helps define us as humans


University of Otago researchers have discovered information about a gene that sets primates - great apes and humans - apart from other mammals, through the study of a rare developmental brain disorder. Dr Adam O'Neill carried out the research as part of his PhD at the University of Otago, under ...


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Effects of storage time and environmental exposure on soil bugs


Contaminated soil frequently arrives at the borders through transported items, and is widely recognised as a vector for non-native species, potentially threatening the local agriculture, horticulture and natural ecosystems. However, although soil is the target of management practices that aim to ...


Researchers probe secrets of bacterial immune system


Scientists from New Zealand's University of Otago and the Netherlands are continuing to unlock the secrets of a surprisingly flexible bacterial immune system, called CRISPR-Cas. Just like humans, bacteria are constantly under attack by viruses that try to infect them by injecting viral DNA. This ...


'Hunger hormone' may treat severe peripheral artery disease


A new study by a team of researchers from New Zealand's University of Otago and Japan suggests that the appetite-regulating hormone ghrelin could be used clinically for the early treatment of critical limb ischemia (CLI), an advanced form of peripheral artery disease. CLI is the severe ...


New light shed on key bacterial immune system


New insights into a surprisingly flexible immune system present in bacteria for combating viruses and other foreign DNA invaders have been revealed by researchers from New Zealand's University of Otago and the Netherlands. A team led by Dr Peter Fineran of the Department of Microbiology and ...


Scientists make Antarctic fish antifreeze protein in the lab


A team of scientists from New Zealand and the United States has chemically synthesised an antifreeze protein which helps inhibit ice crystal growth in Antarctic fish. Biological antifreezes are attractive for use in chilled foods because traditional antifreezes, such as ethylene glycol, are ...


Vitamin C does not lower uric acid levels in gout patients


Despite previous studies touting its benefit in moderating gout risk, new research reveals that vitamin C, also known ascorbic acid, does not reduce uric acid (urate) levels to a clinically significant degree in patients with established gout. Vitamin C supplementation, alone or in combination ...




NZBIO has a new chief executive. Dr Suzanne Bertrand will take over from Dr Michelle Sullivan, who is stepping down for family reasons.Dr Bertrand was previously director, international linkages at the Ministry for Science and Innovation. She has a background in academia, industry and government ...


NZBIO welcomes new CEO


NZBIO announced the appointment of Michelle Sullivan as NZBIO’s new Chief Executive.Michelle joins NZBIO from New Zealand Trade and Enterprise's investment team where she specialised in attracting foreign investment into New Zealand's Biotechnology and Food & Beverage sectors. She has worked ...


Abraxis BioScience And Specialised Therapeutics Announce Approval To Market ABRAXANE For Metastatic Breast Cancer In New Zealand


Abraxis BioScience, Inc. and Specialised Therapeutics Ltd. announced that MEDSAFE, the New Zealand Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Authority, has approved for marketing ABRAXANE® (nanoparticle albumin-bound paclitaxel) for the treatment of metastatic breast cancer after failure of ...


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