Genomics Aotearoa

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

Giant Jurassic Fleas!

Peter Dearden Mar 07, 2012

Peter K. Dearden. One of the fun things about my field of research is that it is broad; I find myself reading papers on paleontology as often as genetics and development. Read More

Review of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’, by Eric Carle

Peter Dearden Feb 22, 2012

Peter K Dearden. Some books are redolent of your childhood, steeped in long summer days, percolated in the smell of banana, and infused with the sharp sting of skinned knees. For me such books are Proust’s ’Le Temps retrouvé’ , Hobbes ’Leviathan’ and Eric Carle’s classic ’The Very Hungry Caterpillar’. It does us good to return to these childhood classics … Read More

Sitting in Glass Houses

Peter Dearden Mar 25, 2011

Sitting in Glass Houses; drinking tea and planning World Domination (aka Thesis Completion). by SM Morgan. I am at that stage of the PhD. Contemplating completion and what the heck comes after. There is always talk about the glass ceiling still present in industry for women and the issues surrounding women and science, especially during post-doctoral positions. ( … Read More