Posts Tagged ‘genetics’

Treatments tailored to you: how AI will change NZ healthcare

Monday, March 25th, 2024
artificial intelligence

Imagine this: a novel virus is rapidly breaking out nationwide, resulting in an epidemic. The government introduces vaccination mandates and a choice of different vaccines is available. But not everyone is getting the same vaccine. When you sign up for vaccination, you are sent a vial with instructions to send a sample of your saliva Read more

Three-parent babies could be at greater cancer risk

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Three-parent babies could be at greater risk of cancer and premature aging, and would have to be monitored all their lives. These were among the warnings sounded before the United Kingdom’s House of Commons passed a new law permitting their creation. The new regulations enable genetic processes to fight the transmission of mitochondrial diseases, such Read more

Homosexuality only partly linked to genes, scientists say

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Homosexuality is only partly genetic with sexuality mostly based on environmental and social factors, scientists believe. A study found that, while gay men shared similar genetic make-up, it only accounted for 40 per cent of the chance of a man being homosexual. But scientists say it could still be possible to develop a test to Read more

How clever people can be foolish

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Which is correct?: A. People drown by breathing in water. B. People drown by holding their breath under water. Confronted with such a question, the vast majority of people would know that A was the correct answer. Indeed, most people would know that water in the lungs is proof of death by drowning but that lack of it is Read more

Where on Earth are you from?

Friday, March 28th, 2014

The first of my ancestors to arrive in New Zealand was Anders Haeckel, a young Finn who sailed to New Zealand with the British Merchant Navy. In 1892, he went gum digging in Northland, then tried his hand at gold mining on the West Coast. He settled in Hokitika, where he married and raised a Read more