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2010 RNZ Archive

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  • Drugs from nature

    25 Nov, 2010

    Margaret Brimble’s research team are trying to make new medicines by synthesising natural compounds.

  • How microbes survive change

    25 Nov, 2010

    A new mechanism of metabolic regulation in microbes has been discovered by a team at the University of Waikato.

  • Genetics of plant flowering

    25 Nov, 2010

    Joanna Putterill is investigating the genes that control flowering in plants and how day length and temperature affect their expression.

  • Composite polymers

    11 Nov, 2010

    Polymers made from corn starch and reinforced with natural fibres such as hemp and harakeke offer sustainable alternatives to traditional plastics and composite materials, as Kim Pickering from Waikato University explains.

  • DNA sequencing

    28 Oct, 2010

    At the Massey Genome Service, DNA is sequenced and the information is used for a wide range of research projects.

  • New uses for marine byproducts

    14 Oct, 2010

    New high value uses for fish byproducts is the aim of research being undertaken by the Natural Extracts Team at Plant & Food Research’s pilot processing plant in Nelson.

  • Sea slug toxin research

    30 Sep, 2010

    The Cawthron Institute is breeding grey side-gilled sea slugs to find out how they produce highly poisonous tetrodotoxin.

  • The singing scientist and epigenetics

    03 Sep, 2010

    Epigenomics researcher Matthew Barnett has put the subject of his research to music and is investigating whether food can turn genes on or off.

  • Identifying glow-worm proteins

    26 Aug, 2010

    Glow-worms’ light-emitting proteins may be useful for medical imaging and drug development. Miriam Sharpe and Kurt Krause from the University of Otago explain their glow-worm research project.

  • Lifestyle foods for energy balance

    26 Aug, 2010

    Developing new foods that release energy more slowly and improve health is the focus of an ongoing research programme at Plant & Food Research.

  • Creating bioplastic from blood

    15 Jul, 2010

    A new generation of plastics is being created using biowastes. In this programme, the production of plastics from waste blood is investigated.

  • Clinical trials facility – Part 2

    08 Jul, 2010

    The way Phase 1 clinical trials are conducted is discussed in the second part of this programme.

  • Clinical trials facility – Part 1

    01 Jul, 2010

    Medications must go through human clinical trials to show they are safe and effective to use before they can be sold in pharmacies or prescribed to patients.

  • Genes, smell and taste

    24 Jun, 2010

    At the Molecular Sensing Laboratory at Plant and Food Research (Mt Albert), research is under way to determine if variation in odour receptor genes changes our sense of smell, taste and flavour.

  • Gene therapy and cancer

    17 Jun, 2010

    This programme investigates research into a new way of treating cancerous tumours using gene therapy.

  • Carbohydrates and exercise

    17 Jun, 2010

    Research has shown that carbohydrate does not have to be digested to have an effect on muscle tone.

  • Microsleeps

    10 Jun, 2010

    This programme discusses what microsleeps are, how they are detected and the problems they can cause. Research is being carried out at the University of Otago (Christchurch) and at the Van der Veer Institute for Parkinson’s and Brain Research.

  • Test for kidney transplant rejection

    03 Jun, 2010

    Around 100 New Zealanders a year undergo kidney transplant operations. The risk of organ rejection is always present, so it is important to have a quick, non-invasive test to check if this is happening.

  • Origins of life

    06 May, 2010

    Scientists now believe that RNA rather than DNA formed the basis of life. Questions still exist over the exact environmental conditions that allowed this to happen.

  • Tuberculosis vaccine

    29 Apr, 2010

    Research into tuberculosis (TB) at the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research is being used to develop better TB vaccines.

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