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Cane toad poison attacks prostate cancer cells, spares healthy cells: Queensland university researchers

ABC News Rosa Ellen and Xavier La Canna 17 September 2014

Researchers have found that cane toad poison kills off prostate cancer cells while sparing healthy cells.
Dr Harendra Parekh from the University of Queensland said a student had discovered Australia’s toad to be similar to the Asiatic toad which has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years.

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‘Breast cancer gene’ lawyers launch appeal to High court

Sydney Morning Herald Eryk Bagshaw September 17, 2014

Cancer advocates will appeal to the High Court to overturn a controversial decision that human genes can be controlled by private companies.
Two weeks ago a full bench of the Federal Court unanimously upheld a decision by Justice John Nicholas that a patent on the so-called “breast cancer gene”, BRCA1, should be allowed.
Late on Tuesday Maurice Blackburn lawyers launched an application for special leave to appeal to the High Court on behalf of Yvonne D’Arcy.

Big business urged to get into bed with science sector

The Australian 17 September 2014

THE federal government has called on big business and the ­science sector to collaborate more closely with small-to-medium ­enterprises to help deliver sophisticated, high value-added products and services on the global stage.

In an interview for The Australian and GE’s Powering Australia series, Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane said it was important for industry to make greater use of scientific know-how to drive ­innovation, and encouraging collaboration would be the centrepiece of future industry policy.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/powering-australia/big-business-urged-to-get-into-bed-with-science-sector/story-fnnnpqpy-1227060755738

NIH launches new online public database of research regulations

BioPrepWatch Paul Tinder 11 September 2014

The National Institutes of Health announced the launch on Tuesday of an online public database of country-specific clinical research regulatory information that allows users to compare regulations across different countries.  ClinRegs lets users review country-specific regulatory requirements and compare different requirements in different countries in seven topic areas, including trial sponsorship and consent practices. The database includes information for 12 countries with plans to add additional countries in the future.

Note:  Does not yet include Australia

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Anti-malarial drug could reverse cancer growth, researchers say

ABC News 12 September, 2014

Researchers have found that common anti-malaria drugs were able to reverse the growth of cancerous cells during tests on fruit flies.
Experts from the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne said during the trial they discovered a mutation very similar to one that a malarial parasite needs to thrive.

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Australian Museum Eureka Prizes: Hendra virus vaccine and helicopter ‘floaties’ take out top gongs

ABC News Jake Sturmer 11 September 2014

Australia’s top researchers have gathered in Sydney for the nation’s biggest science awards, with the creators of helicopter “floaties” and a Hendra virus vaccine taking out top gongs.
The Australian Museum Eureka Prizes celebrate excellence in the fields of research and innovation, leadership, school science and science journalism and communication.
Among the winners were the CSIRO’s Hendra Virus Research Team, which created the first vaccine and effective human treatment for the deadly virus.

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NIH launches online database of international clinical research regulations

EurekAlert September 9, 2014 Hilary Hoffman

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) today launched ClinRegs , an online public database of country-specific clinical research regulatory information. The ClinRegs website, created and maintained by NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), enables users to explore and compare regulations across different countries.  Read more…