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Landmark book released on New Zealand’s iconic Tuatara
Monday, 1 September 2014
A landmark publication about New Zealand’s iconic reptile, the tuatara, has been released by Canterbury University Press (CUP).

Study on causes of rheumatic fever gets underway in Auckland
Monday, 1 September 2014
A study to identify and better understand risk factors for rheumatic fever – one of New Zealand’s most mysterious and serious illnesses – starts recruiting participants in Auckland this week.

Revolutionary handheld DNA diagnostic unit allows lab-quality analysis in the field
Tuesday, 26 August 2014
A revolutionary handheld and battery-powered DNA diagnostic device invented at the University of Otago is poised to become a commonly used field tool for rapidly detecting suspected viruses or bacteria in samples while also determining the level of infection.

Otago research uncovers dramatic changes in the honey bee viral landscape after arrival of Varroa mite
Friday, 22 August 2014
A University of Otago study of the first stages of Varroa infestation and its consequences on bees and viruses in New Zealand will provide important insights for future management of threatened bee populations world-wide.

Needs of Māori a priority to address poor stomach cancer survival - researchers

Thursday, 21 August 2014
New research shows that Māori diagnosed with stomach cancer are 27% less likely to survive than non-Māori, prompting calls for recently-released national stomach cancer standards to prioritise the needs of Māori.

Researchers reveal how ocean bacteria use light to grow
Tuesday, 19 August 2014
Sunlight stimulates common ocean bacteria to use carbon dioxide for growth when high-quality organic carbon food sources are scarce, according to surprising research by an international team that includes a University of Otago researcher.

Many drinks children associate with sport are largely unhealthy - study
Friday, 8 August 2014
Urgent action is needed to help children and parents make healthier choices when it comes to the drinks children consume when playing sport, say University of Otago, Wellington researchers.

New Dean of Otago School of Medical Sciences selected
Friday, 8 August 2014
Professor Vernon Ward has been selected as the next Dean of the Otago School of Medical Sciences. He is a Professor of Virology and current Head of the University’s Department of Microbiology & Immunology.

Publish Don’t Perish Thanks To New iPhone App
Friday, 8 August 2014
A new app developed at the University of Otago is already helping researchers in over 20 countries connect more effectively with journals that could publish their research.

Risks to world’s penguin populations analysed
Thursday, 7 August 2014
University of Otago researchers are among the co-authors of a major study of all of the world’s different penguin species that suggests that these birds are at continuing risk from habitat degradation.


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