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2006 Archive

Looking for a news story about biotechnology in New Zealand? Browse our news archive from 2006.

  • Cancer gets personal approach

    11/12/2006

    A dramatic improvement in the way cancer is treated could be achieved with the help of New Zealand scientists.

  • Undersea life explored

    11/12/2006

    A search for exotic life forms living near vents that bubble with gas on the ocean floor around New Zealand has recently been completed.

  • Science unlocks health benefits of fruits

    01/12/2006

    Researchers looking into the links between food and disease at a genetic level say they have seen positive results from apple extracts on genes associated with Crohn's disease.

  • Sheep genome almost complete

    01/12/2006

    Kiwi scientists have played a major part in mapping the sheep genome, which they hope will provide the 'best bet' about where hereditary information about specific characteristics can be found on the 26 chromosome pairs.

  • Fish oils add benefit to food

    20/11/2006

    Technology developed in New Zealand will mean that the total daily omega-3 fish oil requirement for a defined health benefit can be met in a single daily serving — of icecream, bread, yoghurt or cake!

  • Sheep study to help humans

    20/11/2006

    Ground breaking research into a sheep disease conducted at Lincoln University could help children with a currently incurable degenerative brain condition.

  • Novel crops could mean less pesticide

    10/11/2006

    New Zealand scientists are seeking approval to conduct a small scale field trial of genetically modified brassica plants.

  • New Zealand heart patients in global trial

    10/11/2006

    Auckland cardiologist, John Ormiston, is leading a revolution in heart stents.

  • Fruit gets boost from science

    06/11/2006

    Blueberries, cranberries and pomegranates are currently recognised "superfruits".

  • Local experts develop heart attack therapy

    06/11/2006

    One in three New Zealanders will die of some kind of cardiac event. New Zealand scientists are developing a treatment that can dramatically reduce damage to the heart after a heart attack.

  • Sustainable business wins award

    06/11/2006

    A commitment to integrating environmental, social and economic best practice in their business has won natural health products company Comvita a Westpac Sustainable Business Award.

  • New company to help find better medicines

    01/11/2006

    Antibodies produced by New Zealand's disease-free sheep stock are helping researchers investigate disease pathways in cells.

  • NZ researchers help decode honeybee genome

    31/10/2006

    New insights into bee biology, evolution and how learning and memory work at the molecular level are expected to be revealed by the recently decoded honeybee genome.

  • Bioplastics growth business in New Zealand

    31/10/2006

    Raw materials derived from plants are being used to make plastic food service products by New Zealand's biggest rigid plastics manufacturing company, Alto Packaging Ltd.

  • Trans-Tasman research tracks indigenous health

    19/10/2006

    The health of a group of Māori and Australian Aboriginal men will be tracked over the next three years as part of a project to discover why some ethnic groups have a high proportion of people developing diabetes.

  • NZ expertise to help bones heal

    19/10/2006

    New Zealand scientists are investigating the potency of a variety of carbohydrate molecules as triggers in the development of stem cells.

  • Project targets super vegetables

    18/10/2006

    New Zealand scientists are identifying and developing vegetable cultivars with increased levels of beneficial nutrients.

  • Kiwi researchers unravel clue to diabetes treatment

    09/10/2006

    New Zealand researchers have discovered the structure of a molecule which they think could provide clues for a new diabetes treatment.

  • Farmer helps sheep fertility research

    09/10/2006

    Sheep farmers have the chance to dramatically increase their profits, thanks to the discovery of a gene that promotes greater fertility in sheep.

  • Kiwifruit may help sound sleep

    06/10/2006

    A small study commissioned by the kiwifruit marketing company Zespri found eating two pieces of kiwifruit one hour before bed can increase sleep quality by up to 40 percent.

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