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Otago-led research cites faulty science and ethics in DNA analyses of ‘Ata’

Wednesday, 18 July 2018 9:15am

University of Otago-led international collaborative research calls into question the ethics and skeletal and genomic analysis surrounding research into the much publicised alien-like “Atacama mummy”.

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Researcher part of advertising campaign

Thursday, 12 July 2018 12:25pm

If Dr Louise Parr-Brownlie’s face seems familiar to you, it’s probably because you’ve seen her on TV, or in the newspaper, or on the back of a bus.

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Forming a broader picture of New Zealand’s lost world through fossil bone DNA

Tuesday, 10 July 2018 7:07am

New Zealand’s unique and relatively short history coupled with new and revealing techniques examining ancient DNA from fossil bone fragments has provided insights around the impact of humans on the environment.

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Opinion: From Otago to Loch Ness

Tuesday, 26 June 2018 2:02pm

The tale has got it all – cutting edge technology, a mysterious creature, international participants, and the media spotlight. Otago's Professor Neil Gemmell reflects on his now famous investigation, two years in the making; the Loch Ness eDNA project.

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TEXpo an opportunity to showcase technology

Wednesday, 20 June 2018 12:00am

Dr Yusuf Cakmak and Ms Marlene Black recently took part in TEXpo, an event run as part of the national Techweek festival promoting New Zealand’s unique and inspiring innovations to the world. 

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Media enthralled with ‘hunt’ for monster

Monday, 11 June 2018 9:05pm

Drumnadrochit, a small village in the Scottish Highlands, is a peaceful spot frequented by tourists. Last week, though, teams of international media swarmed in to meet the man behind the latest plan to “find Nessie” – Otago's Professor Neil Gemmell.

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Hunt for Nessie captures hearts and minds

Wednesday, 6 June 2018 11:14pm

Otago’s Professor Neil Gemmell is now in Scotland, with teams of international media waiting to follow his every move as he searches for DNA evidence of the Loch Ness Monster.

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Cold head, funds raised

Wednesday, 30 May 2018 2:17pm

“So cold!” is the answer Anatomy PhD candidate Josh Houlton gives when asked how he feels after shaving his dreadlocks in the foyer of the Lindo Ferguson Building in support of Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand.

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Otago scientist set to tackle the mystery of Loch Ness

Monday, 21 May 2018 2:58pm

The story of the Loch Ness monster is one of the world’s greatest mysteries. We have waited more than a thousand years for an answer on its existence. Now, it is only months away.

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Researchers reveal history through exhumation of Otago graves

Thursday, 12 April 2018 10:03am

Exhumation and analysis of skeletons and burial sites in the historic Otago town of Lawrence is underway, with University of Otago researchers conducting The Otago Historic Cemeteries Bioarchaeology Project.

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New Zealand researchers help re-write the historical record of Vanuatu

Friday, 23 March 2018 10:42am

Researchers from The University of Otago are playing a key role in revealing previously unknown information about prehistoric settlement in the South Pacific.

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From the garbage to a gallery wall – the transformation of anatomy to art

Tuesday, 13 March 2018 12:04pm

Two University of Otago libraries and a Dunedin printmaker have been working together to create art from long-forgotten anatomical images.

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Four inspiring teachers win 2018 Teaching Excellence Awards

Tuesday, 6 March 2018 11:09pm

The enthusiasm and passion of four Otago teachers has earned them recognition in this year’s Teaching Excellence Awards, which were presented at a ceremony at the Clocktower Building this afternoon.

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Students get 'hands-on' experience

Monday, 22 January 2018 3:09pm

The Department recently hosted eight enthusiastic Year 12 and 13 students as part of the 'Hands-on at Otago' programme.  They spent the week learning all about the knee -  its structures and movement, the mechanics of how the knee works, and how easily it can be damaged through sporting activity or old age.

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Anatomy success at BMS awards

Thursday, 21 December 2017 9:48am

Congratulations to our seven staff members who received School of Biomedical Sciences (BMS) Awards for their outstanding contribution to research and teaching throughout 2017. 

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Graduation day the beginning of new lives

Tuesday, 19 December 2017 11:15am

The sun shone brightly upon thirty-nine Anatomy students as they graduated with their degrees at the weekend.  Many of them, along with their friends and family, gathered in the Department beforehand to mark the special occasion.

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Spreading the joy of Christmas

Friday, 15 December 2017 11:18am

The spirit of Christmas is alive and well in the Department this season.  Staff and postgraduate students have donated a fabulous selection of toys and wrapping paper to the Santa’s Little Helper fundraiser, run by Santa’s very-own little helper, Shane Waldron. 

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Peter Hurst Scholarship awarded

Friday, 1 December 2017 1:15pm

Third year medical student Brennan Carne is the first recipient of the Peter Hurst Summer Studentship Scholarship.  Brennan is undertaking a summer research project in the Department of Anatomy with Associate Professor George Dias.  The Scholarship will provide him with financial support while he undertakes his research over the summer.

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Sneaky males adopt ‘female-like’ brains to fool big brutes

Wednesday, 29 November 2017 2:13pm

In the ever-competitive mating scene, new University of Otago research has revealed how males of some species revert to deception and disguise in order to lure females.

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A face from the past

Friday, 24 November 2017 2:10pm

The facial approximation of Otago Museum’s Egyptian mummy by Dr Louisa Baillie has brought to life the presence of a woman who lived over 2400 years ago. She is believed to have come from the ancient city of Thebes, now modern-day Luxor. Mummification was a common burial method for people living in Egypt at that time.

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Consequences of gene drive technologies for ecosystems

Friday, 17 November 2017 11:44am

Scientists working in the vanguard of new genetic technologies have issued a call to ensure that possible applications in conservation will only affect local populations.

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Postgrad receives appreciation award

Thursday, 16 November 2017 4:06pm

Congratulations to postgraduate student Anu Kaw who has received a University of Otago Disability Information and Support Appreciation Award for providing first-class tutoring support to students with a disability.