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Newsletter – February 2008

This month, we’ve added some brand new teaching resources to the Hub to help you explore biotechnology in New Zealand. We’d also like interested teachers to get more involved in the site. What would you like to see on the Hub? Would you like to host a video conference at your school, or trial the Hub’s teaching resources or keep up to date with biotechnology in New Zealand? Read more below.

What's new on the Hub?

The Biotechnology Learning Hub has updated its look and layout. This month we have added some new teaching resources to the Themes on the Hub. Click on the links to view:

Q&A: Getting the most out of milk – worksheet

Milk contains a variety of proteins, and some are more valuable than others. Read the Hub’s information sheet: Extracting milk proteins to answer the questions in this worksheet.

Q&A: Xenotransplantation – worksheet

Xenotransplantation is when cells, tissues or organs are taken from one species and put into another to help treat disease. Read the Hub’s information sheet: Xenotransplantation to answer the questions in this worksheet.

Q&A: The National DNA Databank – worksheet

The National DNA Databank is a resource used by the police to try and solve crimes. Read the Hub’s information sheet: New Zealand’s DNA Databank to answer the questions in this worksheet.

Big biology ideas

Sir Paul Nurse won the Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology in 2001 for his work on the genes that control cell division. On a lecturing tour of New Zealand Sir Paul spoke about The Five Great Ideas of Biology. Check out video clips of his talk in the following information sheets:

Your chance to get involved!

Do you teach biotechnology? Would you like to be involved in developing new teaching materials for the web?

The Biotechnology Learning Hub is looking for teachers who:

  • have ideas for material that could be published on the Hub
  • are willing to trial Hub content and provide feedback
  • are keen to host video conferences
  • want to get their students involved in filming a Hotshots student video
  • are interested in keeping up to date with the latest developments in biotechnology education in New Zealand.

If you would like to get involved, please email Diane Dinnis at enquiries@biotechlearn.org.nz

Upcoming events

Future Food Roadshow – event

20 December 2007 – 12 October 2008
What will we be eating ten years from now? Will the choices we make now affect the future of food? Find out more about personalised foods and nutrition at the Future Food Roadshow.

Enterprising Technologies – Global Benefits – event

31 March – 2 April 2008
The 2008 NZBio conference will highlight the broadening impact of biotechnology across many industries and its growing importance to our future.

Latest news

Keep up to date with the latest biotechnology news, events and radio broadcasts at: www.biotechlearn.org.nz/news

Tiny particles hold cancer clues – news article

Particles a million times smaller than a grain of salt may hold the key to cures for cancer and other diseases. Source: Victoria University

We welcome your ideas

Please email us at enquiries@biotechlearn.org.nz if you have any queries about the Hub or feel free to complete our feedback form online at www.biotechlearn.org.nz/contact_us.

Best wishes for 2008.

Dr Diane Dinnis, Project Manager
New Zealand Biotechnology Learning Hub

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