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Fish into face cream and algae into paint – what is NIWA up to?

Dr Vicky Webb leads a team of scientists at the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) in the search for useful chemicals found in organisms living in the ocean. She is a molecular biologist, which she says means "I look at molecules, tiny little things. I look for useful things you can get from organisms from the sea".

In this video conference with students from Cobden Primary School, she talks about two of the chemicals they have discovered and found a use for.

Watch clips of Vicky talking about:

• The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA)
• Fish waste and ways to reduce it
• Changing fish waste into cosmetics

Cobden School is a primary pchool on the West Coast of the South Island.

Video clips

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