By Sam Neill

Happy New Year. And a peaceful one too, God willing.

However, at this, the time of year normally reserved for optimism, if you can detect the telltale tick of an ominous countdown, you are not alone.

The government has signalled its clear intention to lift the moratorium on release of genetically engineered organisms in October, come rain or shine. Many people are alarmed by this. However the Prime Minister has briskly labelled them ‘Luddites’, somewhat unkindly, and so we march forward to ascientific brave new world, like it or not…

Read the full article published in the NZ Herald: The Year of the Dog