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Queensland study discovers DNA abnormality shared by oesophageal cancer patients

ABC News 30 October 2014

A joint study conducted by three Queensland universities has discovered a DNA abnormality shared by oesophageal cancer patients.
Researchers believe determining the cause of the damage could lead to dramatic advancements in treating and even preventing throat cancer.
“Chromosomal catastrophe” is the name Queensland researchers have given to the sudden process of cell mutation they believe leads to oesophageal adenocarcinoma (OAC), one of Australia’s fastest rising cancers with one of the worst survival rates.

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Miniaturising medical laboratories: UTAS hopes to take technology mobile

ABC News Mark Reddie 29 October 2014

The University of Tasmania has created a $5 million research centre in the hope of making medical technology more mobile.
Scientists aim to reduce the time it takes between collecting samples and delivering results to patients through a portable device that connects to a smart phone.
They hope to achieve the same feat as computer makers, who have made their equipment smaller and more mobile, but rather miniaturising equipment that is usually only found in a laboratory, the university’s Professor Emily Hilder said.

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New CSIRO software opens Windows to science

CSIRO News 27 October 2014

New software which offers scientists and researchers an easy way to analyse, model and visualise scientific datasets has been released by CSIRO.

The free software, known as Workspace, is purpose-built for scientific applications and allows researchers to present their findings through stunning visualisations.  Continue reading…

CSL looks at Ebola survivors’ blood

Sydney Morning Herald AAP 27 October 2014

CSL hopes to develop a means to fight the Ebola virus using the blood of people who’ve survived the disease – but says any such treatment is a long way off.  CSL is not directly working on a vaccine, but is investigating developing “hyper immune” blood plasma products to treat it.

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A giant leap for medical research

Courier Mail Janelle Miles 27 October 2014

ON the other side of the world, a man paralysed from the waist down after a knife attack four years ago, is walking again with the aid of a frame and it’s thanks, in part, to Queensland researchers.

The pioneering Queensland study ended in 2007 with the Brisbane researchers concluding the process was safe – a mandatory first step before bigger trials – but a frustrating lack of funding prevented them from furthering their work.

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Alzheimer’s disease blood test at risk of running out of money

Sydney Morning Herald Scott Hannaford 27 October 2014

Since 2006 teams of researchers across the country have been studying more than 1100 Australians at regular intervals, collecting data they hope will pinpoint lifestyle and health factors that lead to Alzheimer’s disease.

Work on a simple blood test that could help identify and prevent one of the biggest health concerns facing Australians, Alzheimer’s disease, is at risk of stalling due to a cloud over funding.

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Gene laws: Queensland considers discrimination protection from genetic tests

ABC News | 7.30 Qld Elise Worthington, Eric Tlozek 25 October 2014

Queensland could become the first state in Australia to protect people from future discrimination if they get a genetic test.

The State Government is investigating how to stop insurance companies and employers from using the result of genetic testing, or the sequencing of the entire human genome, from being used to charge higher premiums or make people ineligible for insurance.

Mr Springborg has expressed concern about the lack of a legal framework to govern how test results affect things like insurance and employment.

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