Code for life

Genetic modification now accepted by most New Zealanders

Grant Jacobs Dec 09, 2015

From 2001 to 2014 there has been a big shift to acceptance of genetic modification, from 92% opposed to genetic engineering (GE) to 80% accepting it. Prof. Jean Fleming,[1] presented at the recent Science Communicator’s Association of New Zealand annual conference some results from Katherine Hope’s 2014 Masters thesis,[1] which covered a survey … Read More

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About those meat and cancer stories

Grant Jacobs Oct 28, 2015

Many media reports are reporting it incorrectly or confusingly. For example, in New Zealand’s TV3 News starts out1 World Health Organisation (WHO) experts have put processed meat in the same cancer-causing category as cigarettes … … it has ranked processed meat in the highest cancer risk category, alongside asbestos and even smoking. Sorry, but … Read More


Science by kids

Grant Jacobs Oct 22, 2015

There are scientific journals by kids. Research scientists publish their work in scientific journals, where they are reviewed by other scientists. There’s one where articles are written by scientists, and reviewed by kids! It’s called Frontiers for Young Minds.[1] Not a bad way to hone your skills on writing … Read More


Epigenetics and the Holocaust

Grant Jacobs Aug 28, 2015

The Holocaust remains a touchstone for strong feelings, as does trauma of any kind. Add epigenetics and questioning if a parent’s life influences their children’s lives and you have a whole bundle of emotive connections. Parents worry about how their lives might affects their children, of course. This and other associations being attributed to epigenetics are making … Read More