Tagged: genetic modification

Separating the chaff from the grain in the debate on GM wheat - Guest Work

Guest Author Sep 18, 2012

By Prof. Jack Heinemann, School of Biological Sciences, University of Canterbury. My report on assessing the risks of a form of GM wheat has sparked heated comment here and on other blog sites. The Sciblog-associated Science Media Centre (NZ) included comments from Peter Dearden and a link to the “Genetics Otago” blog along with comments made by … Read More

Once more with Feeling. - Genomics Aotearoa

Peter Dearden Sep 03, 2012

Peter K. Dearden Last week Genetics Otago wrapped up the University of Otago Lecture Winter Lecture Series with a lecture from A/P John Knight who spoke on the marketing aspects of food which has been genetically modified. John’s research looks at the response of overseas markets to genetic modification in New Zealand, and his research suggests that the impact of … Read More

Hatchet job on GM pine trees - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Apr 13, 2012

Police are investigating a break in at a radiata pine field trial facility in Rotorua after hundreds of genetically-modified year-old trees were slashed and uprooted over Easter. The intruders were clever – they not only cut through perimeter fences but tunneled under a monitored security fence to get to the trees, which were planted about a year ago. Scion, the … Read More

Liability and GMOs - Guest Work

Guest Author Nov 04, 2010

By Jack Heinemann The world has just met in Nagoya Japan (11-15 October 2010) for negotiations on the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, an international treaty which also binds New Zealand. The Biosafety Protocol regulates the transboundary movement of Living genetically engineered/Modified Organisms (in treaty language, LMOs)[1]. This cumbersome language means LMOs that are shipped across … Read More

Aussie support for GM slips slightly - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Oct 26, 2010

As the latest study on the New Zealand public’s perception of science is released, a similar study across the Tasman focusing more narrowly on biotech has identified some similar trends. The survey of 1000 people from across Australia commissioned by the Australian Government’s Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research shows support for biotechnology techniques like genetic … Read More

When is an experiment a 'bungled' experiment? - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin May 03, 2010

I wasn’t in the sharpest frame of mind on Saturday morning after a big night on the town in Auckland with some journalist friends the previous night. However I couldn’t help but notice the headline screaming out from the front page of the New Zealand Herald frontpage as I passed an inner-city dairy. The headline was in … Read More

Sam Morgan on GM crops, conservation and broadband - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Apr 12, 2010

Wellington-based Trade Me founder, entrepreneur and philanthropist Sam Morgan sat down with me a few weeks ago to do an interview, the results of which ran in Idealog. Here’s the full, unedited version which expands on the work he is involved in in Africa. What about this inclement Wellington weather? Is it tempting you to move to … Read More

GM ruling quashed in Court of Appeal – now what? - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Mar 29, 2010

The journal Nature features a report from Sydney-based New Zealander Branwen Morgan, looking at the implications of the New Zealand Court of Appeal move to quash an earlier High Court decision that saw Agresearch applications to undertake genetic modification research thrown out. I blogged on the Court of Appeal case in February heading the article: … Read More