Tagged: DNA

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

Guest Author 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

Thousands of genomes reveal human genetic differences around the world - Guest Work

Guest Author Oct 05, 2015

Eliza Berlage, The Conversation Researchers have gained new insights into genetic variation among people living around the world after sequencing the genomes of more than 2,500 people from across Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas. The report, published today in Nature, details the final set of findings from the 1000 Genomes Project, which was launched … Read More

Those “illegal” school science kits and our illogical Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Apr 08, 2015

The Dominion Post recently ran an article about “Glowing GE bacteria” which were “produced illegally in New Zealand using mail-order kits from America”. Perhaps unsurprisingly given that the phrase ‘genetically engineered’ was mentioned, Green MP Stefan Browning and GE Free New Zealand spokesperson Jon Carapiet chimed in to share their dismay that people/kids were fiddling with complex natural … Read More

Triple S rated- sex, salmon and scicomm - Ice Doctor

Victoria Metcalf Mar 06, 2015

Milking male salmon- it’s all in the hand hold. A long time ago in a place not so far away, a young research scientist spent several weeks each colour-changing autumn ejaculating male salmon for their rich, milky sperm. It certainly wasn’t your everyday job and it wasn’t all as glamorous as it perhaps sounds. In fact it was about … Read More

Why scientists need to step up & engage! - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Feb 08, 2015

A few days ago, the UK parliament voted in favour of making Britain the first country in the world to permit IVF babies to be created using biological material from three different people. The vote passed by 382 to 128 – a majority of 254 – and is to amend the UK’s 2008 Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act … Read More

Does exercise change your DNA? - Genomics Aotearoa

Peter Dearden Feb 03, 2015

Peter K. Dearden   Last week, on Facebook, an interesting article from the New York Times was being shared. The headline read “How Exercise Changes Our DNA”, and, despite the provocative title, the article underneath was pretty good.  The article explains how a recent published experiment showed that exercise changes some aspects of our DNA. To uncover what … Read More

April’s Fool or just plain Fool? - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Apr 01, 2014

The number of people who have died in Guinea from Ebola virus infection is now at 78, and Médecins sans Frontières says the country faces an unprecedented epidemic. Two sisters have died in neighbouring Liberia, one of whom had recently returned from Guinea, and Senegal has closed its borders with the west African country. Despite there being no … Read More