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News, events and outreach at Genetics Otago

New Genetics Otago Director excited by challenge

Friday, 1 September 2017 12:48pm

The new Director of Genetics Otago, Associate Professor Julia Horsfield, is thrilled to be taking the helm of Genetics Otago.

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Genomics Aotearoa: a step-change for NZ genomics

Friday, 18 August 2017 1:01pm

The launch of Genomics Aotearoa brings an agile, leading-edge and collaborative platform to boost New Zealand's genomics and bioinformatics communities.

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Darwinedin: Big Week in NZ's Genetics Capital

Wednesday, 21 June 2017 9:38am

Dunedin is set to host a series of free and fantastic genetics events in the week 2-6 July 2017.

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GSA Conference Hits Dunedin, 2-6 July 2017

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 1:49pm

Geneticists from across the world and many disciplines will convene at the University of Otago in July, for the Genetics Society of AustralAsia's Annual Conference, to be held with the New Zealand Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

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Otago Genetics Experts to Help Facilitate NZ Gene Editing Conversation

Thursday, 17 November 2016 10:53am

The Royal Society of New Zealand has kicked off a vital discussion about the gene editing revolution and its implications for New Zealand.

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Otago Genetics Shows Strength in 2016 Marsden Funding

Wednesday, 9 November 2016 9:53am

Genetics' significant contribution to fundamental research across the sciences, and Otago's fantastic breadth of expertise in the field, have shone through in the 2016 annual Marsden funding round for 2016.

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Two Otago Geneticists Elected as Fellows of the Royal Society

Thursday, 27 October 2016 11:34am

Two University of Otago geneticists have been elected as Fellows of the Royal Society of New Zealand

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Spotlight on Otago's Terrific Tuatara Genome Research

Thursday, 1 September 2016 11:30am

A distant link to humans is but one of the fascinating findings of a five year study of the Tuatara's genome by University of Otago geneticists, featured in New Zealand media this week.

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Inside Story: The DNA of the Award Winning Film 'Studs or Duds?'

Monday, 29 August 2016 11:08am

University of Otago researcher Dr. Helen Taylor had just 14 days to create 180 seconds of science and she smashed it for a proverbial six. How did she do it?

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Otago eDNA Researchers Target New Standard for Measuring Marine Biodiversity

Friday, 26 August 2016 9:36am

An innovative use of the detritus of marine life to measure biodiversity has earned a team of Otago researchers a national Sustainable Seas Science Challenge Grant.

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Otago Researchers Discover How Queen Bees Stop Worker Bee Reproduction

Thursday, 4 August 2016 11:15am

Genetics Otago researchers have discovered the molecular mechanisms by which queen honeybees control worker bees' fertility.

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You Are Your DNA? - Dunedin Debate Tackles the Big Question

Wednesday, 20 July 2016 10:44am

Are you your DNA? Genetics Otago members joined speakers from the arts, humanities and law, to debate whether our genome drives who we are, as part of Dunedin's New Zealand International Science Festival.

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Anti-CRISPR discovery may aid race against antibiotic resistance

Monday, 27 June 2016 9:36am

How viruses counter CRISPR-Cas bacterial adaptive immune systems has been uncovered by a collaboration between the University of Otago’s Fineran Lab and the University of Toronto, as published in Nature Microbiology.

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From Go to Whoa! Or, how to sequence a genome and understand what you get

Friday, 10 June 2016 1:40pm

How to sequence a genome, from idea to sequencing to useful data and analysis, as explained by Genetics Otago and NZGL to Our Changing World's Alison Ballance.

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First ancient Phoenician genome sequenced by Otago geneticists

Friday, 27 May 2016 12:52pm

 The first ancient Phoenician mitochondrial genome has been sequenced by University of Otago researchers, revealing a story of surprising origins.

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Gene Snippets 24 May 2016

Tuesday, 24 May 2016 9:38am

Genetics research news from Genetics Otago May 2016 - Dental microbial molecular genetics, Cohesinopathy heart defects, Vascular research

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Global Top Five for Otago PhD Human Geneticist

Friday, 20 May 2016 12:24pm

Emma Wade will not only deliver her discoveries about a rare bone disease to this month’s peak global meeting of human geneticists in Barcelona, she will do so as one of the best five Young Investigators from around the world.

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Gene Genie talks available on demand

Monday, 9 May 2016 11:57am

Genetics Otago members talk genetics with the BBC's Dr Adam Rutherford in events held throughout New Zealand. Listen on demand at Radio New Zealand.

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Celebrating Mendel: Bananas, Peas and Kākāpōs

Monday, 21 March 2016 9:35am

Untangling DNA from Bananas, unraveling the mystery of pea pigmentation, and rallying the public around the Kākāpō Genome project – Genetics Otago had some marvelous Mendel celebrations in early March. 

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Genetics Otago supports International Rare Disease Day

Tuesday, 2 December 2014 12:57pm

Genetics Otago's support of Rare Disease Day

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Bafta and Emmy Award-winning Biomedical Animator Visits Dunedin

Tuesday, 2 December 2014 12:53pm

Drew Berry is an Emmy and Bafta Award-winning biomedical animator whose scientifically accurate and aesthetically rich visualisations reveal the microscopic world inside our bodies.

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Genetics Otago honoured to host Lord Robert Winston

Tuesday, 2 December 2014 12:54pm

Genetics Otago was proud to host Professor Lord Robert Winston on the 11th of March.

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Genetics Otago Annual Symposium 2013

Thursday, 5 December 2013 12:40pm

Genetics Otago held its annual symposium on 28th and 29th of November at the Otago Museum Annex.

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Radio NZ's 'Our Changing World': Peter Dearden talks about Longevity and Diet

Wednesday, 4 December 2013 10:42am

On Tuesday 14th October, Director Genetics Otago, Assoc Prof Peter Dearden was interviewed by Radio New Zealand. 

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US Rules Genes Not Patentable

Wednesday, 26 June 2013 12:00am

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National Science Challenges Funding

Wednesday, 1 May 2013 3:19pm

Genetics Otago is delighted to support the Government’s 2013 Budget announcement regarding the final 10 selected National Science Challenges, with a $73.5 million boost over four years to fund these Challenges.

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Professor Martin Kennedy's Inaugural Professorial Lecture

Thursday, 28 March 2013 11:46am

Professor Martin Kennedy delivers his Inaugural Professorial Lecture in Christchurch

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Genetics Otago prestigious Summer Scholarship Winner Announced

Friday, 25 January 2013 12:00am

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Inaugural Future of Fairness Symposium

Friday, 25 January 2013 12:00am

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Genetics Otago recognised as University of Otago Research Centre

Tuesday, 9 October 2012 10:35am

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Genetics Otago Members Academic Promotions

Tuesday, 1 June 2010 5:04pm

Genetics Otago warmly congratulates Professor Graham Wallis, Professor Iain Lamont, Professor Martin Kennedy and Associate Professor Peter Dearden on their recent academic promotions.

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Professor Ian Morison’s Epigenome of Myelodysplastic Syndrome Research Gains $1.3m in HRC Funding

Tuesday, 1 June 2010 2:00pm


Myelodysplastic syndrome is the most common blood disorder of the elderly. Yet it is a ‘hidden’ disease, seldom heard of and poorly understood.

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12th Annual NZ Molecular Ecology meeting sponsored by Genetics Otago

Tuesday, 1 June 2010 12:00am

The 12th Annual NZ Molecular Ecology meeting was held in New Zealand’s deep south from the 27th to the 29th of November. NZ’s molecular ecologists have a tradition of holding their annual meeting in beautiful, out-of-the-way places, and this year was no exception with the meeting base being the Tautuku Outdoor Education Centre in the heart of the Catlins.

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On the Cover

Tuesday, 1 June 2010 2:28pm

Jonathan Waters' publication Cover of the Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological SciencesRelict or colonizer? Extinction and range expansion of penguins in southern New Zealand.

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Aussie and Kiwi Researchers Make Double Multiple Sclerosis Genetic Discovery

Tuesday, 1 June 2010 2:42pm

Researchers have accelerated research into Multiple Sclerosis by discovering two new locations of genes which will help to unravel the causes of MS and other autoimmune disease. Their findings have recently been published in the prestigious journal Nature Genetics.

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Genetics Otago Announces Summer Scholarship Recipients

Tuesday, 1 June 2010 5:10pm

Genetics Otago is delighted to announce that the following students have been successful in their applications for the generous Summer Studentships.

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Honorary Genetics Otago (arts) Member!

Tuesday, 1 June 2010 2:42pm

A warm welcome and congratulations to Julia Johnstone, an ultra-talented young photographer from The School of Art who gained top marks in her final year examination exhibition which included an interpretation of a genetics laboratory.

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Genetics Otago researchers elected as Royal Society Fellows

Tuesday, 1 June 2010 4:43pm

Congratulations to Professor Hamish Spencer and Professor Andrew Mercer who were recently elected as Fellows of the Royal Society.

Royal Society Fellows are involved in providing expert advice, promoting scientific best practice and disseminating scientific information. 

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Newsletter Issue 4

Tuesday, 1 June 2010 3:47pm

Download Genetics Otago Newsletter Issue 4 (1.2Mb in PDF format)

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Genetics Otago Members' Marsden Funding Success

Tuesday, 1 June 2010 2:08pm

Genetics Otago warmly congratulates the following members on their Marsden funding.


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"It's Ok, We're Not Cousins by Blood"

Thursday, 4 March 2010 1:15pm

Download "It's Ok, We're Not Cousins by Blood": The Cousin Marriage Controversy in Historical Perspective by Diane B. Paul and Hamish G. Spencer (468k in PDF format)

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Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study Gains $4.6m Funding

Thursday, 4 March 2010 1:30pm


Genetics Otago members Professor Richie Poulton was celebrating last week after receiving news that the internationally recognised Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study has received further support from the Health Research Council to conduct a study of aging and risk for chronic disease.