Southern Genes

My Cute Model Friend

Peter Dearden Sep 18, 2012

by SM Morgan I recently helped an office mate clean out his Tenebrio culture, which had been infected and overrun with fungus.  My scientific career to date has been primarily concerned with Mesorhizobium and Drosophila, so playing around with new ‘lab rats’ is a treat. Clean Tenebrio cultures.  Photo: SM Morgan Tenebrio molitor in its larval form is commonly called ‘mealworm’ … Read More

Does eating transgenic wheat destroy your liver?

Peter Dearden Sep 12, 2012

Peter K. Dearden Today saw some discussion in the press about a statement by Canterbury University’s Prof Jack Heinemann,  Prof Judy Carmen (Flinders University) and Prof Michael Antoniou (King’s College, London), around the risks of a new transgenic wheat variety being assessed for release by CSIRO in Australia. These statements released by the Safe Food Foundation, provide an opinion … Read More

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Now we begin to understand how the genome works!

Peter Dearden Sep 06, 2012

Peter K. Dearden You might have seen the press coverage of the release of the ‘Encode’ data which significantly increases our understanding of the functions of the Human genome. I have spent some time trying to explain it to the public, usually through using very unhelpful metaphors. I thought, just in case people were still confused ( or more confused), … Read More

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Once more with Feeling.

Peter Dearden Sep 03, 2012

Peter K. Dearden Last week Genetics Otago wrapped up the University of Otago Lecture Winter Lecture Series with a lecture from A/P John Knight who spoke on the marketing aspects of food which has been genetically modified. John’s research looks at the response of overseas markets to genetic modification in New Zealand, and his research suggests that the impact of … Read More

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The story your ancestors didn’t write

Peter Dearden Aug 31, 2012

by SM Morgan   I love books.  I’m just that kind of person.  I also love genetics, convenient then (or deliberate, depending your world view) that I am, or will soon be, a professional research geneticist.  Earlier this month a research group split between Baltimore and Boston published a brief paper detailing their method for storing large amounts of data in DNA form … Read More

Students rise to the prize!

Peter Dearden Aug 28, 2012

With the opening day’s festivities well and truly behind us, it’s time to get into some science. I began the day with student talks sponsored by the NZ Society of Endocrinolgy, and with a big prize for the best presentation. Boy, am I glad that I wasn’t a judge. All of the talks were of exceptionally high quality; better organised … Read More

Let the Science Begin!

Peter Dearden Aug 27, 2012

The anticipation was palpable in the car on the way out to Queenstown this morning. Students abuzz with the excitement of their first conference, intermixed with more senior and seasoned students with their eyes on the prizes. Yes, that’s right… Prizes! The Queenstown Research Week meetings offer an array of incentives for student researchers to front-up with their latest findings, … Read More

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