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Rare Disease Patients to confront Pharmac

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:15:03 +1200 | NZ Organisation for Rare Disorders

Two dozen rare disease patients and their advocates will front up to talk to Pharmac directly onTuesday 15 April in Wellington. The drug buying agency is hosting a half day consultation meeting to discuss proposed changes to their decision criteria, ...More >>

Myths Revealed About Safety of GE Food

Thu, 3 Apr 2014 15:42:49 +1300 | GE Free NZ

The annual Hot Debate held at Lincoln University, this year focused on GE, revealed startling facts about the absence of food safety research, monitoring and diagnostics. More >>

Chatham Rock files second EEZ marine consent application

Mon, 31 Mar 2014 17:49:16 +1300 | BusinessDesk

March 31 (BusinessDesk) - Chatham Rock Phosphate, which wants to mine phosphate nodules from the seafloor on the Chatham Rise, has submitted a draft marine consent application to the Environmental Protection Authority.More >>

Head of Intellectual Property Agency Stole DNA Samples

Wed, 5 Mar 2014 12:04:17 +1300 | UN Watch

A senior UN official alleges that Francis Gurry, the Australian head of the world body’s intellectual property agency, engineered the theft of personal items from employees to extract DNA samples, and then covered it up by intimidation and by suppressing ...More >>

Fakethrough! GMOs and the Capitulation of Science Journalism

Wed, 26 Feb 2014 11:20:28 +1300 | Jonathan Latham

Good journalism examines its sources critically, it takes nothing at face value, places its topics in a historical context, and it values above all the public interest. Such journalism is, most people agree, essential to any equitable and open system ...More >>

Best ideas can come from the public

Tue, 25 Feb 2014 13:59:47 +1300 | University of Waikato

Listening to the public can yield the best ideas, says one of the keynote speakers from a recent international symposium held at the University of Waikato. The symposium, held on 17 and 18 February, was aimed at transforming public engagement on controversial ...More >>

SMC Heads-Up: Pig cell trial, food packaging

Fri, 21 Feb 2014 15:32:18 +1300 | Science Media Centre

SMC Heads-Up: Pig cell trial on hold, controversial science and food packaging worries - PLUS Science Media SAVVY! More >>

Withdrawal of NTCELL pre-clinical study

Thu, 20 Feb 2014 16:00:11 +1300 | Living Cell Technologies

Living Cell Technologies Limited today announced that it is withdrawing the publication of the pre-clinical study of the effects of NTCELL in a rat model of Parkinson’s disease. The data will also be withdrawn from all regulatory documentation.More >>

NZ Parkinson's trial on hold - experts respond

Thu, 20 Feb 2014 15:55:57 +1300 | Science Media Centre

An Auckland biotech company is putting its trial of an experimental Parkinson's disease treatment on hold following the withdrawal of previous animal research. More >>

Finding the fruitful intersection of ideas and organisation

Tue, 18 Feb 2014 08:33:56 +1300 | sticK

Ultimately this blog is a plug for Stephen Cummings handbook of ways that business can fruitfully marry management and creativity. More >>

Webstock 2014 Offers Business Advice With Caveats

Mon, 17 Feb 2014 11:09:22 +1300 | Jamie Neikrie

This past week Wellington welcomed technology experts from across the world for the ninth annual Webstock conference. More >>

Local Regulation of Outdoor Use of GMOs On the Rise in NZ

Tue, 11 Feb 2014 14:55:48 +1300 | GE Free Northland

Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Northland Regional Council and various territorial authorities in NZ are taking action on a local level to support the creation of a much needed additional tier of protection against the risks of outdoor use of GMOs.More >>

Court decision empowers local body GMO protection

Mon, 10 Feb 2014 16:56:37 +1300 | Soil and Health Association

As people around New Zealand are preparing submissions to their local authorities, the Soil & Health Association is pleased that a recent Environment Court decision sets a precedent which empowers local bodies to protect their communities from the ...More >>

Greens welcome Bay of Plenty GE win

Mon, 10 Feb 2014 11:01:48 +1300 | Green Party

Green Party is welcoming Scion’s decision not to appeal the Environment Court decision on the inclusion of a precautionary approach to GE in the Bay of Plenty Regional Policy Statement.More >>

1080 and the 'Battle for Our Birds' - experts respond

Thu, 30 Jan 2014 14:45:52 +1300 | Science Media Centre

The Government is launching New Zealand's largest-ever species protection programme, increasing the use of aerial 1080 to control pests and protect native wildlife. More >>

US Livestock-Antibiotic Manufacturers Allowed to Self-Police

Tue, 24 Dec 2013 12:17:24 +1300 | Martha Rosenberg

US meat producers routinely dose animals on "factory farms" with antibiotics to make them grow with less feed and prevent disease from developing. But health officials indict the tons of antibiotics used on farms for creating deadly super-infections.More >>

Unethical Journal Retraction Fuels Mistrust in GMO Science

Fri, 20 Dec 2013 12:48:36 +1300 | Dr. Mercola

In September of last year, the first-ever lifetime feeding study assessing the health risks of genetically engineered (GE) Roundup Ready corn (NK603) was published in Reed Elsevier’s peer-reviewed journal, Food and Chemical Toxicology.More >>

We’re getting over notions of shame around business failure

Tue, 10 Dec 2013 08:26:21 +1300 | sticK

I’m putting the proposition out there that we’re getting over our collective Kiwi hang-up about startup and business failure. More >>

Public Support GE-Free Zones as Scientists Debate Safety

Mon, 2 Dec 2013 17:17:45 +1300 | GE Free NZ

The debate in the scientific community has taken a new turn with the withdrawal of four papers from respected Journals in the past month. Disputes between independent scientists and industry-funded scientists have continued as new evidence has emerged ...More >>

Overwhelming Support for Local Decisions on GM Free

Mon, 2 Dec 2013 14:47:53 +1300 | Pure Hawke's Bay

Four out of five New Zealanders think councils should be able to keep their districts GM Free using local plans, according to a Colmar Brunton poll. More >>


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