Genomics Aotearoa

Are newly evolved genes as important as ancient ones?

Peter Dearden Mar 18, 2011

by Tamsin Jones. We share about 70% of our genes with fruit flies. Those 70% are old, ancient genes, that were present in the common ancestor of flies and humans. We share many, many genes with most animals, and these conserved genes are thought to be the ones controlling all those really important processes necessary for … Read More

Science Horror-scopes: March

Peter Dearden Mar 16, 2011

After a quiet spell over summer, the Southern Genes blog is back! We have a few ideas for new regular posts up our sleeves, so stay tuned. Also, if there’s any genetics related stuff that YOU’D like us to write about, please let us know at We’re going to kick the year off with those always cheerful horror-scopes from … Read More

The $10,000 Human Genome

Peter Dearden Dec 10, 2010

Mary Gray, PhD Student, Clinical Genetics Research Group The Human Genome Project began in 1990 and took 13 years and at least $3 billion USD to complete. A biotechnology company called Illumina has recently announced that you can sequence your own genome for $10,000 USD – and it will only take around eight days to complete. The costs of … Read More

Phishing Flowers

Peter Dearden Dec 02, 2010

SM Morgan It is surprising how often technology mimics nature, and in the most subtle of ways. Take for example the phenomenon of email phishing — a probe is sent out to entice the recipient with something they want/need; for example, a MillionDollars!, an OnlineEasyDoctorate! or a ready supply of CheapDrugs! Once enticed, the source gets something it needs … Read More


Peter Dearden Nov 19, 2010

Belatedly Genetics Otago would like to congratulate three GO members who won awards at the recent NZ Research Honours Evening. Prof Warren Tate won the Rutherford Medal for his outstanding work … Read More