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Otago cemetery research reveals insights into lives of early settlers

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Monday, 24 July 2017

In the first research of its kind in New Zealand, University of Otago researchers are gaining fresh insights into the quality of life and identity of Otago’s early European settlers and farmers through excavating and analysing skeletons from unmarked graves in St. John’s Burial Ground, in Tokoiti, Milton.

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Otago gains funding to engage young minds with science

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Friday, 17 February 2017

Four University of Otago initiatives are among the latest projects to be successfully awarded a total of $2m in the 2017 Unlocking Curious Minds funding round. The fund particularly focuses on projects that engage young New Zealanders who have fewer opportunities to be involved with science and technology.

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New Zealanders' DNA tells many stories

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Monday, 30 January 2017

Newshub interviews Professor Lisa Matisoo-Smith about Kiwis, to try to work out where we come from.

"The majority of the diversity that we see worldwide we actually have represented here in our New Zealand population," she says.

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How to clone a mammoth

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Friday, 14 October 2016

Beth Shapiro is an evolutionary biologist who specialises in the genetics of ice age animals and plants. View the podcast of her recent public lecture 'How to clone a mammoth'.

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New Otago genetics course launches 2017

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Monday, 3 October 2016

The University of Otago’s new postgraduate programme, the Master of Applied Science in Quantitative Genetics, is set to directly benefit New Zealand’s primary industries, biomedical research, conservation and biosecurity interests.

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University of Otago honours research leader

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Friday, 22 July 2016

Professor Lisa Matisoo-Smith, an internationally renowned biological anthropologist who pioneered the use of evolutionary genetics to trace Pacific migrations, is the latest recipient of the Distinguished Research Medal, the University of Otago’s highest distinction.

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University of Otago honours research leader

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Friday, 22 July 2016

Professor Lisa Matisoo-Smith, an internationally renowned biological anthropologist who pioneered the use of evolutionary genetics to trace Pacific migrations, is the latest recipient of the Distinguished Research Medal, the University of Otago’s highest distinction.

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Ancient DNA study finds Phoenician from Carthage had European ancestry

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Thursday, 26 May 2016

A research team co-led by a University of Otago scientist has sequenced the first complete mitochondrial genome of a 2500-year-old Phoenician dubbed the “Young Man of Byrsa” or “Ariche”, whose tomb was discovered within a hill in Carthage, Tunisia in 1994.

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Parasites of endangered animals should be conserved

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Thursday, 24 March 2016

Conservation managers who try to keep members of endangered animal species parasite-free are well-intentioned but this approach is misguided, according to a new research paper co-authored by a University of Otago zoologist.

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Otago researchers sequence kuri dog genomes

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Thursday, 8 October 2015

The genetic heritage of New Zealand’s first dog, the now extinct kurī, is being unravelled by University of Otago scientists using state-of-the-art ancient DNA analysis.

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NZ ancestry study to sample DNA of ex-pats in London

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Thursday, 21 May 2015

A University of Otago biological anthropologist will head to London in June to collect 200 DNA samples from ex-pats to complete sampling for study of the genetic origins of New Zealanders.

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Otago scientist gains grant for innovative gout research

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Monday, 13 April 2015

A University of Otago pathology researcher has gained a Health Research Council Explorer Grant to identify new drug targets to combat gout, a severely painful and debilitating condition caused by high blood levels of uric acid.

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