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2009 Archive

Looking for a news story about biotechnology in New Zealand? Browse our news archive from 2009.

  • Art meets science


    Smart materials have been combined with robotic technologies to make Māori kowhaiwhai (painted designs) come alive, in a unique mix of art and science.

  • Rare lung disease investigated


    A new research initiative offers the promise of more effective treatment options for sufferers of a rare and complex lung disease with no current cure.

  • Science laureates target cancer and ageing


    Two L’Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science laureates have joined forces to screen compounds that may shut down an enzyme believed to play a major role in ageing and cancer.

  • No-itch wool fabric developed


    It’s taken a quarter of a century of research but New Zealand scientists have now discovered what makes wool fabric prickly and developed a lightweight version that is comfortable to wear.

  • Willow study shows biofuel potential


    Willow trees are being investigated for their potential as a source of biofuel.

  • Origins of adaptive traits revealed


    New light has been shed on the origins and genetics of adaptive traits.

  • Unlocking fish waste potential


    A new bioprocessing laboratory in Nelson aims to help science discoveries become real-world commercial successes, with a particular focus on products made from fish processing waste.

  • Medical ice cream trial underway


    An ice cream, developed to prevent some of the unpleasant side effects of chemotherapy in cancer patients, is currently being tested.

  • NZ biocontrol research helps Pacific Island neighbour


    New Zealand research is helping to save coconut palms in Guam from an invasive beetle species.

  • Boost for bovine cloning


    A successful bovine genome-wide methylation scan has been led by New Zealand scientist Dr Christine Couldrey in what is believed to be a world first achievement.

  • Fungus tackles bee mite


    A common fungus has been found to be an effective weapon against the bee-killing varroa mite.

  • Earthworm study investigates soil bioengineering


    Underground creatures such as earthworms, mites, springtails and nematodes are attracting the attention of scientists interested in soil bioengineering.

  • Trial tests moisture therapy


    A clinical trial is underway to test the use of humidification during radiotherapy for cancers of the mouth and throat area, to keep internal areas affected by radiation moist.

  • Low-methane sheep discovered


    The discovery that some sheep naturally make less methane digesting their food than others could open the way for a low-methane breeding programme.

  • Potato genome sequence released


    The first draft sequence of the potato genome has been released by an international team of scientists, including Plant & Food Research in New Zealand.

  • Research reveals Mānuka honey secret


    New research on Mānuka honey has shown that a special molecule acts to enhance the antibacterial activity of methylglyoxal in the honey, in a process known as synergy.

  • Lace bug to be new biological control


    The Environmental Risk Management Authority has approved an application to introduce the lace bug Gargaphia decoris to control the woolly nightshade weed.

  • Stem cell research to boost livestock industries


    Scientists hope to unravel the mysteries of bovine pluripotent stem cells and boost New Zealand’s cattle and dairy industries.

  • Immune therapy targets breast cancer


    Wellington scientists will use immunotherapy in a new approach to treating breast cancer.

  • Student reveals effects of temperature on vitamin C


    Investigating the effect of temperature on vitamin C has won year 13 scientist Thang Tran 4 prizes at the Niwa Wellington Regional Science Fair.

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