Burnt torso: science, police work paints picture of victim

Brisbane Times Marissa Calligeros 17 April 2014

Detectives are relying on medical science to identify a man whose burnt, dismembered torso was found on the side of a rural Queensland last year.  Police are yet to determine whether a skull found last week in a pine tree plantation near Tin Can Bay, about 30 kilometres north of Cedar Pocket, belongs to the same victim.

Any DNA retrieved from the skull, which is being forensically examined at Brisbane’s John Tonge Centre, will be compared with DNA samples taken from the torso.

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New journal welcoming submissions! Analytical Chemistry Research launches mid-2014

Elsevier has announced the launch of Analytical Chemistry Research, a new Elsevier Open Access journal that specifically welcomes the submission of research papers which report studies concerning the development of analytical methodologies. Scrutiny will be placed on the significance of the research and the extent to which it adds, or supports, existing knowledge when determining its suitability for publication.

The first issue of Analytical Chemistry Research, is planned to be published in mid-2014. Be part of this first issue and submit your paper now!  Papers will be freely available on ScienceDirect.

The Editor is Professor Alan Townshend, long-standing editor of Analytica Chimica Acta.

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Home insulation royal commission: Imported batts containing chemicals linked to cancer still on sale, inquiry hears

ABC News Brad Ryan 15 April 2014

Imported home insulation batts containing chemicals linked to cancer but used as part of the Rudd government’s home insulation scheme are still being sold today, an inquiry has heard.

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Gate for bacterial toxins found

(University of Freiburg 16 April 2014) Prof. Dr. Dr. Klaus Aktories and Dr. Panagiotis Papatheodorou from the University of Freiburg have discovered the receptor responsible for smuggling the toxin of the bacterium Clostridium perfringens into the cell. The TpeL toxin is formed by C. perfringens, a pathogen that causes gas gangrene and food poisoning. It is very similar to the toxins of many other hospital germs of the genus Clostridium. Aktories is member of the BIOSS Centre for Biological Signalling Studies.

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‘Suspicious packages’ sent to WA Premier, Treasurer ‘harmless’ but probe continues

Perth Now Calla Wahlquist, Kaitlyn Offer 17 April 2014

INVESTIGATIONS are continuing into the discovery of five packages of white powder — including two that reached the electoral offices of the WA Premier and Treasurer.  Preliminary forensic tests conducted on the powder later showed it was harmless

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Celebrity lawyer Erin Brockovich backs Arundel residents’ legal fight against the Suntown Tip

Gold Coast Bulletin Leah Fineran, Andrew Potts 17 April 2014

A COMMUNITY crusade backed by international legal activist Erin Brockovich has been given the green light to become the first class-action suit to go ahead in the Supreme Court of Queensland.

Residents at a Gold Coast country club estate have been fighting for 15 years to prove they suffered environmental damage caused by the now-closed Suntown Tip at Arundel.  Arundel residents began questioning methane levels around the tip in late 1990s and called for the facility’s closure.

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Emergent BioSolutions completes BioThrax PEP clinical study

BioPrepWatch Bryan Cohen 16 April 2014

Emergent BioSolutions, Inc., announced on April 16 that it successfully completed a licensure-enabling study for its anthrax vaccine and submitted the study report to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.  The study was the last in Emergent’s BioThrax post-exposure prophylaxis program.

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