Case studies

BIO-IT CASE STUDIES:
VALUING ON-SHORE ACCESS TO TECHNOLOGY AND PEOPLE
On-shore access to genomics technology is delivering faster, more cost-effective sequencing services to the New Zealand Bio-Protection Research Centre, as well as ready access to the individuals carrying out the work. More »

SCIENTISTS EXPLORE IMPLICATIONS OF “JUMPING GENES” FOR PLANT SCIENCE
Genomics research into the “jumping genes” of grapes could have a wide-reaching impact for other plant species. More »

BIOINFORMATICS CASE STUDIES:
USING GENOMICS TO IMPROVE DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF TUBERCULOSIS
Tuberculosis (TB) may have a low profile in New Zealand, but it still infects 300 Kiwis every year – and at a disproportionately higher rate in Maori and Pacific populations. More »

GUT BACTERIA COULD BE THE BASIS OF NEW DIABETES TREATMENTS
The concept of stomach surgery to help patients lose weight is well understood – a smaller stomach will feel fuller, after less food. However, University of Auckland research shows there is more to the surgery than simple physics. More »

BIOINFORMATICS INSPIRES
While focused on delivering a service to clients, NZGL also has a goal of improving New Zealand’s human capability in the field of genomics. Never is that more satisfying than when the science naturally attracts a young researcher. More »

GLOWWORM COULD PROVIDE NEW TOOL IN RESEARCH LABS
Could the New Zealand glowworm have a crucial role to play in progressing biomedical research? More »

THE ROLE OF SMALL RNA IN ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE
Recent research suggests that small molecules in the brain, known as microRNA, may act as chief control points in neurological disease. More »

MICROARRAY CASE STUDIES:
EARLY WORK ON A POSSIBLE BIO-CONTROL AGENT
A Lincoln University study is investigating the positive role a particular fungus could have on plant performance. PhD student Aimee McKinnon is using maize as the model system to investigate the impact of two strains of Beauveria bassiana, an apparently harmless fungus which exists throughout the world. More »

EXPLORING THE PROGNOSTIC ROLE OF COHESIN IN HORMONE-SENSITIVE BREAST CANCER
The work of University of Otago doctoral student Tanushree Dasgupta is part of a larger body of research establishing if cohesin – a protein complex necessary for cell division – can be targeted to develop new therapies for treatment of breast cancer patients. More »

NANOSTRING NCOUNTER CASE STUDIES:
FAMILIAL BREAST AND OVARIAN CANCERS: UNDERSTANDING THE RISK
A University of Otago researcher is using new NZGL technology to try and understand why some families are more susceptible to familial breast and ovarian cancers. Molecular geneticist Dr Logan Walker is a Senior Research Fellow with the University’s Mackenzie Cancer Research Group in Christchurch. More »

NEXT GENERATION SEQUENCING CASE STUDIES:
NOVEL VIRUS DISCOVERED IN KIWI POPULATION
New Zealand researchers have found a novel virus in New Zealand’s most critically endangered kiwi population. ESR’s “Virus Hunters” work alongside Landcare Research and the Department of Conservation to search out novel viruses in New Zealand’s wildlife populations. More »

HELPING HAND FOR CONSERVATIONISTS
Sequencing the whole genomes of the Poor Knights giant weta and the common stick insect will help conservationists make population decisions into the future. More »

CHEEK SWABS SHORTCUT RUMEN SAMPLING PROCESS
Ground-breaking work by AgResearch scientists shows that taking cheek swabs from inside a ruminant’s mouth provides an accurate insight to that animal’s rumen microbial community. More »

HELPING THE KAKAPO’S LONG-TERM SURVIVAL
Research has revealed genetic diversity in the immune systems of New Zealand’s kakapo that could help the population’s long-term survival. More »

FINDING ANSWERS AROUND RED-BAND NEEDLE BLIGHT
Massey University molecular plant pathologist Rosie Bradshaw is studying the genetic details of a fungal pathogen of pine trees, to determine if the timing and nature of its gene expression hold answers to help control dothistroma needle blight. More »

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