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Researchers Have Grown ‘Human Embryos’ From Skin Cells. What Does That Mean, And Is It Ethical?

Thu, 18 Mar 2021 17:24:25 +1300 | The Conversation

Megan Munsie , The University of Melbourne and Helen Abud , Monash University Researchers have successfully grown model versions of early human embryos by “reprogramming” cells from human skin. The breakthrough potentially opens up new ways to study the ...More >>

March 17th: 'D-Day' For Deregulation Of Genetic Engineering

Tue, 16 Mar 2021 10:46:52 +1300 | GE Free NZ

Consultation on global proposals to deregulate Gene Editing will end on March 17th, with the public and food producers largely in the dark about the major implications. The coincidence in date for proposals in Australia and the UK is a 'D-Day' for food ...More >>

Can Earthquakes Trigger Volcanic Eruptions?

Wed, 3 Mar 2021 10:54:26 +1300 | University of Canterbury

A collaborative study from an international team of researchers has determined the conditions needed for an earthquake to trigger a volcanic eruption. University of Canterbury (UC) doctoral candidate Gilles Seropian and Volcanologist Professor Ben ...More >>

Auckland Team Wins Award For Work To Reduce The Use Of Animals In Research And Testing

Tue, 26 Jan 2021 15:54:38 +1300 | Ministry For Primary Industries

Dr Benjamin Albert and his colleagues from the Liggins Institute, Auckland University, are the winners of the 2020 Aotearoa New Zealand John Schofield 3Rs Implementation Award. The 3Rs promote the reduction and replacement of animals used in research, ...More >>

By Rejecting WTO Drug Patent Waivers Amid Pandemic, Richest Nations Put Big Pharma Profits Before Health Of Billions

Sun, 22 Nov 2020 14:14:44 +1300 | Common Dreams

Rich countries—accused of hoarding future vaccines—are being urged to support a "humanitarian buffer" to innoculate refugees and people in conflict zones. by Brett Wilkins, staff writer A handful of the world's wealthiest nations on Friday ...More >>

‘Very Convincing Evidence’: Pfizer Now Has The Data It Needs To Apply For COVID Vaccine Approval

Fri, 20 Nov 2020 16:21:34 +1300 | The Conversation

'Very convincing evidence': Pfizer now has the data it needs to apply for COVID vaccine approval More >>

Level Of Animal Suffering 'Unacceptable' In AgResearch GE Experiments

Mon, 16 Nov 2020 05:57:45 +1300 | GE Free NZ

AgResearch's Ruakura genetically modified (GM) Animal Facility causes an unacceptable level of animal suffering and entails an unacceptable level of monetary cost and staff loss. The AgResearch Annual report, 2020, on GM animals confirms that genetic ...More >>

90% Efficacy For Pfizer’s COVID-19 MRNA Vaccine Is Striking. But We Need To Wait For The Full Data

Wed, 11 Nov 2020 16:01:21 +1300 | The Conversation

90% efficacy for Pfizer's COVID-19 mRNA vaccine is striking. But we need to wait for the full data More >>

The Salvation Army Expresses Serious Concern Over Referendum Result

Fri, 30 Oct 2020 14:33:56 +1300 | Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is extremely concerned that assisted dying will become legal in New Zealand when the End Of Life Choice Act is adopted in a year’s time. We believe many New Zealanders are unaware of the lack of safeguards contained within ...More >>

GPs Cautious About ‘yes’ Vote On End Of Life Choice Bill

Fri, 30 Oct 2020 14:18:47 +1300 | Royal NZ College of General Practitioners

In 12 months’ time some of New Zealand’s GPs could be enabling their patient to end their life after today’s preliminary ‘yes’ vote in the End of Life Bill referendum. In a similar way to the abortion legislation, GPs will work within the ...More >>

Gene Editing A Hot Debate

Wed, 28 Oct 2020 16:05:02 +1300 | GE Free New Zealand

Industry lobbying for deregulation of gene editing (GE) is reigniting the public concern for protecting New Zealand's agricultural export reputation and environment. Dr. Jon Hickford recently chaired a forum with speakers from industry and Crown Research ...More >>

APEC Promotes Small Businesses & Patient Health With New Business Ethics Vision

Fri, 16 Oct 2020 18:29:09 +1300 | APEC

APEC strengthens its commitment to push for patient health and cross-border trade with the launch of a bold, new vision for the next five years to reinforce business ethics and integrity in health-related sectors. The plan comes to fruition under ...More >>

Doctors Resist Pharmac’s Diabetes Funding Plan

Thu, 8 Oct 2020 05:59:07 +1300 | Diabetes Foundation Aotearoa

Diabetes Foundation Aotearoa says Pharmac’s plan for very limited funding for Type 2 diabetes drugs has met strong and unusual resistance from the medical establishment. Pharmac called for submissions last month on a plan to fund 50,000 thousand patients ...More >>

Widespread Confusion About End Of Life Choice Act

Mon, 5 Oct 2020 06:22:06 +1300 | Renee Joubert

Recent nationwide polling shows that 80% of New Zealand adults are still confused about what the End of Life Choice Act would legalise. It’s not about turning off machines. Respondents were asked, “ According to your understanding of the End ...More >>

The Journey Towards A Vaccine: Biological Realities And Ethical Concerns

Sat, 3 Oct 2020 06:08:00 +1300 | Nathan Gray

Vaccine development can usually take up to a decade to complete all the requisite trials and repeat testing on animals and humans to ensure they are safe before going to market. With the Coronavirus pandemic being so devastating to public health and ...More >>

Assisted Dying Referendum: People At The End Of Their Lives Say It Offers A ‘Good Death’

Wed, 30 Sep 2020 16:45:04 +1300 | The Conversation

Assisted dying referendum: people at the end of their lives say it offers a 'good death' More >>

Bay Of Islands Music Festival Announces Epic First Line-up

Wed, 30 Sep 2020 08:38:58 +1300 | Bay of Islands Music Festival

The BAY OF ISLANDS MUSIC FESTIVAL today announces a mega FIRST line-up for its January 2021 event at the stunning Kainui Road Vineyard near Kerikeri in the Bay of Islands. New Zealand music darling BENEE will be joined by fan favourites THE BETHS and TAMI ...More >>

Safety Regulations For GE Under Threat

Mon, 3 Aug 2020 14:07:08 +1200 | GE Free NZ

GE Free NZ has just received information under the OIA on the EPA-approved GE clinical trial of a vaccine for liver cancer. Pexa Vec (Pexastimogene Devacirepvec) a live genetically engineered small pox (vaccinia) virus failed to reach its clinical endpoints ...More >>

New Digital Identity NZ Research Highlights Work Required To Improve Care Of Personal Information

Mon, 27 Jul 2020 17:02:50 +1200 | Digital Identity NZ

Finding from 2020 Trust and Identity Research. Two thirds of New Zealanders are now more likely to go online rather than face to face, yet a staggering 90% find it difficult or are unsure how to protect their personal information and identity ...More >>

Call For Politicians To Keep Regulation On Gene Editing

Mon, 20 Jul 2020 11:34:23 +1200 | GE Free NZ

Politicians from all parties are being asked to ensure there are strict regulations on Genetically Engineered Organisms (GE/GMO), including Gene Editing. There is media hype and exaggeration of the accuracy and safety of Gene Editing (GE) promoted by ...More >>


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