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.
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.
(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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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
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.
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.