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UN requires regulatory assessment of gene drives

Mon, 3 Dec 2018 08:17:14 +1300 | GE Free NZ

The United Nations, Convention on Biological Diversity decision has mandated that gene drives (GE) must undergo a thorough regulatory risk assessment using scientifically sound case-by-case risk assessments before an environmental release [1]. This confirms ...More >>

Reports of a gene-edited baby in China - Expert Reaction

Tue, 27 Nov 2018 09:37:54 +1300 | Science Media Centre

Chinese researchers have claimed to have used CRISPR gene editing in human embryos that have resulted in the birth of twin girls - one with the edited gene and one without. More >>

Fifty Mice To Live in Happy Homes, Instead of Dying in Labs

Fri, 26 Oct 2018 11:29:22 +1300 | National Anti Vivisection Campaign

Every year thousands of animals are euthanised after being used for research, testing or teaching purposes (RTT) in New Zealand. In 2016 alone 62,401 animals were killed during or after being used for RTT. The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS) ...More >>

Moral decisions for driverless cars - Expert Reaction

Thu, 25 Oct 2018 10:01:24 +1300 | Science Media Centre

In a scene right out of 'The Good Place', researchers have asked mil-lions of people across the world what they think a driverless car should do in the face of an unavoidable accident. More >>

Mice bred with two mums - Expert Reaction

Fri, 12 Oct 2018 09:45:38 +1300 | Science Media Centre

Researchers from China have bred healthy mice with two mums (and no dad) that went on to have normal pups of their own. More >>

How Long Do We Risk Ignoring the Potential Benefits of GE?

Thu, 4 Oct 2018 19:56:31 +1300 | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers is supportive of the discussion paper released today by the Royal Society Te Aparangi which aims to continue our national conversation about the use of gene editing in primary industry.More >>

Gene editing in primary industries – Expert Reaction

Thu, 4 Oct 2018 11:47:37 +1300 | Science Media Centre

A new discussion paper evaluates the potential uses of gene editing for New Zealand’s primary industries. More >>

Regulate GE Techniques or Quit Trans Tasman Food Authority

Tue, 18 Sep 2018 15:35:14 +1200 | GE Free NZ

New Zealand must persuade Australian bureaucrats to follow world-class food safety standards being set in Europe, [1] or withdraw New Zealand from the trans-Tasman Food Standards Australia NZ (FSANZ).More >>

LATE at the Museum Media Release

Mon, 17 Sep 2018 16:16:43 +1200 | Auckland Museum

LATE at the Museum Media Release: Just because something is bad, doesn’t mean it isn’t good – would it be a ‘tragedy’ not to take advantage of CRISPR gene-editing? More >>

Killer robot ban: NZ must do the same

Fri, 14 Sep 2018 17:20:31 +1200 | New Zealand Campaign to Stop Killer Robots

An overwhelming majority of European parliamentarians on Wednesday voted in favour of a resolution calling for a ban on fully autonomous weapons systems, saying “Weapons without meaningful human control over selecting and attacking targets should be banned ...More >>

Push for more diversity in science

Thu, 6 Sep 2018 17:22:43 +1200 | New Zealand Government

New measures to help increase diversity in New Zealand’s science community have been launched by Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods today. More >>

Curran: Transforming Procurement Hack [9/8/18]

Wed, 22 Aug 2018 12:12:20 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Good morning everyone, and thank you for the invitation to speak at the Transforming Procurement Hack. It is inspiring that so many of you have committed your time and energy to this day. More >>

Concerning stats about personal info gathered by Apps

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 11:27:36 +1200 | Symantec

Symantec released new research this morning on mobile app privacy and fraudulent Google Play apps that you may find useful for any mobile device and privacy stories. More >>

Truth in a Post-Truth World

Thu, 9 Aug 2018 13:41:00 +1200 | Bridget Williams Books

In a digital world consumed by fake news and toxic social media, conspiracy and rumour spread faster than ever and are increasingly hard to debunk. Manipulation of information and the spread of misinformation on online platforms is now widely recognised as ...More >>

EU Decision on Gene Editing Tech Supports NZ legislation

Fri, 3 Aug 2018 09:30:56 +1200 | GE Free NZ

Organisations and individuals concerned about the risks posed by GMOs applaud the ruling by the European Court of Justice that the new advanced gene-editing technologies, called ‘GMO 2.0,' are genetically modified organisms and should go through the ...More >>

New report calls for ethical guidelines for AI

Fri, 27 Jul 2018 13:45:35 +1200 | Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand

A new Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) report looking at the rise of artificial intelligence (AI), and its effect on people’s lives, says businesses need to have codes of ethics, or updated governance guidelines, around ...More >>

EU court rules GMO laws apply to gene-edited plants

Thu, 26 Jul 2018 11:50:10 +1200 | Science Media Centre NZ

Europe’s highest court has ruled that gene-edited crops should be subject to the same stringent regulations as genetically modified organisms. More >>

Faulty science and ethics in DNA analyses of ‘Ata’

Wed, 18 Jul 2018 10:48:44 +1200 | University of Otago

University of Otago-led international collaborative research calls into question the ethics and skeletal and genomic analysis surrounding research into the much publicised alien-like “Atacama mummy”.More >>

Calls for Independent Bioethics Council to be Reestablished

Fri, 29 Jun 2018 09:50:19 +1200 | GE Free NZ

The Royal Society of New Zealand (RSNZ) - Te Apārangi is encouraging New Zealanders to submit their views on the uses of gene editing in the area of Health, Human embryos, and Pest control [1]More >>

Scoop 3.0 - A Global Vision and Future Focus

Thu, 28 Jun 2018 16:56:12 +1200 | Joseph Cederwall

In part 1 of this series, I wrote about the news crisis in 2018 and why there is hope for journalism despite of (or perhaps because of) the continued dominance and disruption of the sector by the digital platform monopoly giants Facebook and Google. ...More >>


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