Tagged: disease

Mosquito-borne diseases more likely to reach New Zealand - Infrequently Asked Questions

Lynley Hargreaves Nov 02, 2017

It’s a familiar New Zealand story, the havoc wrecked by all the pest species we’ve brought in. But in the case of mosquitoes, the worst might be yet to come. There were 12 mostly bird-nibbling mosquito species in pre-European times. Since our arrival, three new species have become permanently established here. We’ve stopped dozens more at our … Read More

Note to the Havelock North Inquiry – Think Big - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Sep 26, 2016

Prof Alistair Woodward, A/Prof Simon Hales An Independent Inquiry is now investigating the cause of the water-borne outbreak caused by Campylobacter in Havelock North. In this blog we consider the background to this issue and argue the Inquiry must not miss the opportunity to think up-stream, on the scale of water catchments, agricultural economies and climate systems. “Alarming new … Read More

Genetic detectives: how scientists use DNA to track disease outbreaks - Guest Work

Guest Work May 02, 2016

By Emily Toth Martin, University of Michigan They’re the top questions on everyone’s mind when a new disease outbreak happens: where did the virus come from? When did this happen? How long has it been spreading in a particular country or group of people? These questions have been the foundation of epidemiology, the study of the occurrence and … Read More

Disease evolution: our long history of fighting viruses - Guest Work

Guest Work Apr 27, 2016

By Peter C. Doherty, The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity A virus is essentially an information system (encoded in DNA or RNA) surrounded by a protective coat and shaped by evolution to ensure its own replication and survival. Viruses grow only in living cells. But they infect everything from the simplest, single-cell organisms, such as … Read More

Getting ahead of a potentially deadly salamander disease - News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor Dec 11, 2015

A fungal pathogen with the potential to devastate salamander populations has yet to arrive in North America, but scientists are ready and waiting should it appear. New Zealand researchers are among a group calling for global action against the emerging disease before it spreads. Scientists in Europe discovered the fungal pathogen, Salamander chytrid disease – Batrachocytrium … Read More

A "GoogleMAP" of Microbes - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Dec 05, 2013

This week I attended the 2013 New Zealand Institute of Chemistry conference in Wellington which was great. There were a some fantastic talks and probably the most memorable for me was a talk by Professor Pieter Dorrestein from the University of California, San Diego. The title of the talk was “A GoogleMAP”-type molecular map of microbes – from culture to … Read More

A new entity is born: CDaR - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Aug 29, 2013

Have you ever been told the blood test is positive and the disease in question is shocking – Cancer, an STD (but you don’t sleep around!), MS?  Have you every wondered why it is that some drugs get withdrawn years after, and millions of prescriptions after, they were first approved?  Surely, you’ve read a headline … Continue reading → … Read More

What's the Difference between Science and Pseudoscience? Part 2 - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Jul 10, 2013

In a previous blog I suggested that one difference between science and pseudoscience is that pseudoscience can’t move on when evidence comes along which disproves its’ ideas: science does. Another difference is that science attempts to, and is usually successful, in working out the underlying mechanism to explain the evidence. Take for example the field of medicine. Early explanations … Read More

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