Category Archives: Drug analysis and toxicology

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Garage Biotech: New drugs using only a computer, the internet and free online data

The Conversation David Glance May 5, 2016

Pharmaceutical companies typically develop new drugs with thousands of staff and budgets that run into the billions of dollars. One estimate puts the cost of bringing a new drug to market at $2.6 billion with others suggesting that it could be double that cost at $5 billion.
One man, Professor Atul Butte director of the University of California Institute of Computational Health Sciences, believes that like other Silicon Valley startups, almost anyone can bring a drug to market from their garage with just a computer, the internet, and freely available data.
In a talk given at the Science on the Swan conference held in Perth this week, Professor Butte outlined the process for an audience of local and international scientists and medics.
The starting point is the genetic data from thousands of studies on humans, mice and other animals, that is now freely available on sites from the National Institute of Health and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory. The proliferation of genetic data from experiments has been driven by the ever decreasing cost of sequencing genetic information using gene chip technologies.

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Update: Armed robbery, Gladstone

Qld Police Media 6 May 2016

Gladstone detectives have charged a man following the armed robbery of a Gladstone licensed premises early on Monday morning.
It will be alleged that at around 1:15am on May 2, two female employees of the Yarroon Street business were assaulted before cash was stolen.
The two female employees were treated at the scene for minor head injuries.

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Task Force Maxima – Illicit weapon and drug charges

Qld Police Media 5 May 2016

Yesterday detectives from Task Force Maxima, State Crime Command investigating links between Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs (OMCG) and the possession of illegal firearms executed a search warrant at an address in Josephville near Beaudesert and seized weapons and dangerous drugs.
The enforcement action was conducted as part of operations targeting the involvement of the Hells Angels OMCG in the possession of illegal firearms.  The search resulted in the location of an AR15 semi-automatic rifle, over 600 rounds of ammunition, 20mls of gamma hydroxybutyric acid (GHB), prescription drugs and small quantities of methylamphetamine and cannabis.

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Gold Coast police seized $112,000 worth of drugs in Helensvale house

Gold Coast Bulletin May 5, 2016

POLICE have seized more than $110,000 worth of drugs and a large amount of cash after they raided a house at Helensvale this morning.
Three Gold Coasters have been charged as a result.

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Stephen Playford: Kedron dad accused of killing daughter case delayed

Brisbane Times Kim Stephens May 5 2016

The case against a Brisbane man charged with the murder of his six-year-old daughter last year remains in limbo, as psychiatrists continue to assess his suitability to stand trial.
A mental health assessment of Stephen Philip Playford, 52, is yet to be completed, Brisbane Magistrates Court heard on Thursday morning, with the magistrate commenting it would be “quite a difficult report, that one” for experts to compile.

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Fantasy drug seizures on the rise

Brisbane Times Jorge Branco May 4 2016

Anti-bikie police have noted a worrying jump in the number of seizures of the dangerous party drug fantasy.
Raids over the past three weeks allegedly uncovered large quantities of the narcotic Gamma hydroxybutyrate, (GHB) which is used to produce feelings of euphoria, relaxation and sociability.

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Bail denied for drug lab suspect

Townsville Bulletin May 4, 2016

A WOMAN accused of trespassing at a Townsville resort to go for a swim, then trying to use a stolen card to buy fish and chips, led police to an alleged drug lab on the weekend.
The Townsville Magistrates Court heard Nataya Jaim Brown, 23, committed 10 new offences between April 29 and 30 while on bail, before police found her at a Primrose St, Belgian Gardens unit on Saturday.

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