Three recent articles on scienceblogs.com feature a New Zealand connection, spanning genetic engineering, Middle Earth and an anti-vaccine campaigner.

If you’re a New Zealander, or have an interest in genetic engineering, you might find Professor Ronald’s account of her visit to New Zealand to learn more about pastoral and crop research here and to speak interesting.

Her account is peppered with anecdotes and links, and also this video:

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Among her recollections is being claimed to be ’a stealth agent of the US government’ in a press release (alongside references to WikiLeaks) and some of the commentary that followed.

As for that apple, I have to admit I’m not that fussed about the red colour! But that’s just me.

Wiring with a New Zealand connection also features at scienceblogs.com in two other articles.

Jessica Palmer discovers ”the mythoecology of middle-earth” and decides there’s too much to like in this multi-media presentation. Press the large ‘+’ button to the right to move forward through the rambling collection of podcasts (Peter Jackson, bellbirds), photographs and short articles.

In a less appealing New Zealand connection, Erwin Alber, who has previously written comments on these pages (for example here and heregets a thumping from Orac at Respectful Insolence over his anti-vaccine views. My only gripe is that I wish Orac had time to point out specific things Erwin has claimed to bring it home better. For example Erwin recently wrote this…

The United Nations is unfortunately a tool of the psychopathic so-called “elites” designed to further their nefarious agendas such as Agenda 21 and – via its subsidiaries, the WHO and Unesco – vaccinate us out of existence. Supposedly a champion of human and children’s rights, the UN is itself one of the worst violators of such rights, to the point of arguably being one of the world’s biggest terrorist organisations.


I’m still too busy to find time to write long-form articles as I’d like to… in the meantime, bear me out. We’ll get there!

Other articles at Code for Life:

Deleting a gene can turn an ovary into a testis in adult mammals

10,000 pounds on offer in young reader’s book award

GMOs and the plants we eat: neither are ’natural’

Aww, crap.

Preserving endangered species — of gut microbes