ABC News Jake Sturmer 15 May 2013
Looking forward, but not far enough – that is the verdict of the 2013 budget from scientists.
The Australian Academy of Science says there is no long-term vision for Australia’s future, claiming the budget represents a missed opportunity.
The Conversation Anna George 10 May 2013
Public investment in the Human Genome Project was expected to deliver a global public good that would help generate scientific breakthroughs. But open access to our genetic blueprint is a precondition to achieving this and gene patenting – where companies have monopoly rights over genetic material – threatens to undermine it.
Allowing patents that capture categories of unique genomic DNA damages the principle of open access. A related constraint – and one that can impact research and diagnostics – is the “ownership” of genetic samples from patients.
The Converstation Jonathan Borwein, David H Bailey 13 May 2013
The Australian government’s ironic and perverse decision to better fund schools at the expense of already-promised university funding would make for a good episode of the 1980s sitcom Yes, Prime Minister. Sadly such colossal stupidity, announced last month, is no laughing matter.
The Courier-Mail Brittany Vonow 15 May 2013
Trials of a new influenza vaccine have begun in Brisbane with researchers hopeful it will help more children effectively fight the illness.
Townsville Bulletin Daniel Bateman 14 May 2013
Townsville scientists are developing allergy-free sea- food to allow more people to safely taste the delights of fish and prawns.
In a world-first project, James Cook University researchers are trying to pinpoint species of fish and crustaceans that present a zero to minimal risk of triggering allergic reactions.
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Sydney Morning Herald Natalie Bochenski 12 May 2013
Queensland scientists have taken a pre-emptive strike against the new H7N9 strain of bird flu.
They’ve modified the current influenza swab test to check for the virus.
ABC News 13 May 2013
Queensland scientists have developed a test for the new bird flu strain H7N9.
The test was developed by laboratory technicians at Pathology Queensland’s microbiology department in conjunction with the Queensland Paediatric Infectious Disease Laboratory at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.
Radio National Hagar Cohen 5 May 2013
The process of approving the use of animals in scientific experiments is in crisis, with animal welfare and scientific members on key ethics committees at loggerheads.
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“Scientific Articles Accepted (Personal Checks, Too)” New York Times, 7 April 2013
This article about the predatory behaviour of pseudo-academic conferences and journals is being widely discussed on the internet (Richard Dawkins, Science-Based Medicine, etc.). Damages include high hidden fees, promotion of anti-vaccination and other agendas and possible theft of intellectual property.
“… some researchers are now raising the alarm about what they see as the proliferation of online journals that will print seemingly anything for a fee. They warn that nonexperts doing online research will have trouble distinguishing credible research from junk. “Most people don’t know the journal universe,” Dr. Goodman said. “They will not know from a journal’s title if it is for real or not.””
(North Carolina State University 18 April 2013) Keeping up with current scientific literature is a daunting task, considering that hundreds to thousands of papers are published each day. Now researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a computer program to help them evaluate and rank scientific articles in their field.
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