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2006 Archive

Looking for a news story about biotechnology in New Zealand? Browse our news archive from 2006.

  • Early kūmara could become new gourmet food


    Unique white kūmara once grown by early Māori could become a new gourmet food, with help from New Zealand crop scientists.

  • Blue flowers and chocolate bouquets


    Chocolate-smelling bouquets and bunches of blue orchids could soon be possible, as New Zealand scientists work on creating novel blooms.

  • Grain extract finds favour


    A Kiwi-made extract from barley flour is proving popular in Japan and the United States because of its health-promoting properties.

  • Deep sea life may help treat human illness


    Research into the unique chemicals and biological processes of sea organisms could provide discoveries for treating human illnesses, including neurological diseases.

  • Volcanic bacteria speed DNA testing


    An enzyme from volcanic bacteria is the basis of new range of DNA testing products that have been launched by a New Zealand company, ZyGem.

  • Viruses provide clues about their hosts


    Scientists wishing to study the history of a species have to use a complex range of techniques to gather information. New Zealand scientists involved in a global research effort are about to change that.

  • Bacteria lend a helping hand


    Finding ways to make 'good' bacteria crowd out the 'bad' guys in food is keeping AgResearch scientists busy.

  • Exploring NZ's unique raw materials


    Many dietary supplements contain biologically-derived nutritional ingredients, for example from whole bone extracts, green-lipped mussels, and cartilage-based products. Christchurch company, Waitaki Biosciences, is looking for a vegetarian alternative to these animal extracts.

  • Plant breeder creates new crop variety


    A new pea plant that stays green for longer, matures earlier, and produces a higher yield than other varieties has been created in New Zealand.

  • Antler study may benefit human health


    Studying the biology of deer antlers may provide clues to many areas of human health and disease management, AgResearch scientists say.

  • Protein may help spinal cord injuries


    Patients with spinal cord injuries could eventually avoid invasive surgery, thanks to a new technique developed by Auckland scientists.

  • Capturing bacteria gets easier


    Collecting anaerobic bacteria or research just got easier, thanks to the discovery that a variety of airtight containers available from the supermarket provide an ideal environment for the anaerobes.

  • NZ team develops life-saving blood test


    A blood test that can confirm which patients in hospital emergency rooms are at the biggest risk of death from heart failure has been pioneered by New Zealand researchers.

  • Brain repair research wins award


    Discovering that diseased human brains have the potential for self-repair has won an Auckland scientist the Liley Medal for health research.

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