Tagged: genetics

GM techniques: from the field to the laboratory (and back again) - Guest Work

Guest Author Jun 23, 2014

By Peter Langridge, Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics Welcome to GM in Australia [Ed: See Grant Jacob’s three part series on GM in New Zealand here], a series looking at the facts, ethics, regulations and research into genetically modified crops. In this first instalment, Peter Langridge describes two GM techniques: selective breeding and genetic engineering. Genetic modification … Read More

Cheesecake makes you fat, but correlation is not causation - Genomics Aotearoa

Peter Dearden Mar 26, 2014

Julia Horsfield I was one of the happy people rejoicing in new gastronomic possibilities after hearing that eating saturated fats may not cause heart disease after all. Yay! I never could bring myself to opt for that trim latte. Maybe I can even ditch the Olivani in favour of butter. But, as my nutritional friends point out, it’s all … Read More

CUX1 – Cancer's one percenter - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Dec 09, 2013

Scientists have identified a gene that is responsible for the development of tumours in one per cent of all cancer patients. The culprit is CUX1, which when deactivated allows a “biological pathway” to open up that causes tumour growth to increase. Researchers already knew about CUX1 but not that it was a driver of cancer because it mutates at … Read More

Regulator rejects scientists' GM concerns - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin May 22, 2013

It has taken nearly two months, but Food Standards Australia and New Zealand has finally responded to criticisms of its regulation of GM foods after it was accused of “systemic neglect” in its regulatory regime by Canterbury University’s Professor Jack Heinemann. The response is well worth a read for Sciblogs regulars who have followed the debate Heinemann and … Read More

Epigenetic dynamics – free - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Mar 15, 2013

Those with interests in epigenetics and genome structure may want to check out Nature Structural and Molecular Biology’s focus on epigenetic dynamics. (This gives me an opportunity to briefly sound off on a favourite topic…) One fascinating development over the past few years has been explorations of the three-dimensional nature of genomes, how they are … Read More