Diet, health and genes – it all comes together in a new area of research, called nutrigenomics. To find out more, Year 10 students from six secondary schools participated in a video conference with New Zealander Lynn Ferguson and North American Jim Kaput.

Watch clips of Lynn and Jim talking about:

  • The science of nutrigenomics
  • The role of nutrigenomics in diseases such as Crohn’s disease, Type II diabetes, and obesity
  • The use of cell and animal models in their research
  • How nutrigenomics research may lead to changes in the ways we think about how to best manage our health

The students who prepared and asked the questions during this interview are from the following schools: Mercury Bay Area School, Thames High School, Morrinsville College, Paeroa College, Whangamata Area School, Waihi College, and Te Aroha College. Students from Coromandel Area School also helped prepare the interview questions but were unable to be part of the interview.

This video conference was organised with the help of Nutrigenomics New Zealand and the students’ e-learning science teacher, Dr Paul Lowe.

Video clips

    Published 30 April 2006