Anatomy Researchers Awarded Government Funding
Two researchers from the Department of Anatomy have received funding from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's new science investment fund. Associate Professor George Dias and Associate Professor John Reynolds will receive almost NZ$1M each for their innovative projects which focus on a novel method of extracting protein from wool, and the development of medical technology that allows neurochemicals to be non-invasively delivered to the brain to treat brain disorders.
Genographic Project Unveils Ancient Origins of New Zealanders
Department of Anatomy researcher and Allan Wilson Centre Principle Investigator Professor Lisa Matisoo-Smith, and associates from the Genographic Project, presented the DNA results of 100 Wellingtonians at an event held recently at Government House in Wellington. The aim of the world-wide study, led by National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Dr Spencer Wells, is to map the history of global human migration, and involves the collection of DNA samples from over 450,000 people around the world.
Handheld device will enable 'anytime anywhere' diagnosis
Freedom4, a revolutionary handheld battery-powered DNA diagnostic device was launched by Dr Jo-Ann Stanton and her multidisciplinary research team at the recent Queenstown Molecular Biology meeting. The device can be used to detect suspected cases of bacteria or viruses, such as Norovirus, and can also analyse the likely level of infection. It uses qPCR to identify and target DNA sequences in real-time, eliminating the need for further processing and time delays at a laboratory.