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How Methods Videos Are Making Science Smarter

The New Yorker Jamie Holmes 28 August 2015

The videos in the Journal of Visualized Experiments can be of particular help to researchers who are not naturally aware of the dexterity that a specific laboratory procedure requires.  Other scientific publications have also begun to produce methods videos, including Current Protocols, Nature Protocols, The New England Journal of Medicine, and the Journal of Medical Insight, the last of which, begun in earnest in late 2013, publishes videos of surgical techniques for attending surgeons, residents, and medical students.

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A paradigm shift in multidrug resistance

EurekAlert 20-Aug-2015

Bacteria are pretty wily creatures. Take for example, an organism such as Salmonella, which which are killed by antibiotics in lab tests, but can become highly resistant in the body.
It is an example of what UC Santa Barbara biologist Michael Mahan refers to as the Trojan horse strategy. Identified through new research conducted by Mahan and his colleagues, the Trojan horse strategy may explain why antibiotics are ineffective in some patients despite lab tests that predict otherwise. The research findings appear in the journal EBioMedicine.

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Vaccine for Mers coronavirus ‘looks promising’

BBC News 20 August 2015

A prototype vaccine against the lung infection Mers coronavirus has shown promising results, scientists say.
The study, published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, suggests the vaccine guards against the disease in monkeys and camels.
Researchers hope with more work it could be turned into a jab for humans.
Mers has infected 1,400 people and claimed 500 lives since 2012. But no specific treatment or preventative medicines exist.
In the majority of cases, individuals are thought to have caught Mers (Middle-East respiratory syndrome) through close contact with infected patients in hospital.

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How a new test is revolutionising what we know about viruses in our midst

The Conversation Craig Williams & EJ Flies August 19, 2015

Mosquitoes’ role in the spread of disease make them perhaps one of the most reviled insects in the world. But it also makes them more studied than most of their brethren. Now, a new technique for collecting mosquito saliva from the field has made monitoring mosquitoes both more sensitive and inexpensive.
Mosquito-borne disease remains an intractable problem both in Australia and globally. The seasonal curse of Ross River fever is well known to Australians, as is dengue, which is readily acquired when holidaying in Southeast Asia or even tropical northern Queensland.

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US researchers grow first ever brain from human skin cells in laboratory

ABC News Rachael Brown 19 August 2015

An almost fully formed brain has been grown in a laboratory for the first time, scientists from Ohio State University say.
The unconscious brain, the size of a pea and comparable with a five-week-old foetus, could speed up neuroscience research into conditions like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
The model brain was engineered from adult human skin cells but the method is largely under wraps because of a pending patent.

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Medicinal Chemistry and Chemical Biology Qld Symposium – 25th Sep 15

This symposium is designed to bring together Queensland based research candidates, postdoctoral researchers and academics working in the areas of Medicinal Chemistry and Chemical Biology. The symposium will provide opportunity for stimulating discussion and networking, with two plenary speaker presentations and a series of invited and contributed talks.

Venue : The Ship Inn Function Room, Southbank Parklands, Stanley Street & Sidon Street, South Brisbane.

Date and Time: Friday, 25th September 2015
Sign in from 8.30 am. Symposium start is 9.00 am. Symposium end is 5.00 pm

Conference alert – MM2015

MM2015 is the latest in the series of “MM” conferences, the premier conferences of the Association of Molecular Modellers of Australasia (AMMA).

The conference will be held at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, from 2 – 5 Dec 2015.

The themes of the conference will include:

  • molecular dynamics and quantum chemistry simulations of biomolecules and materials
  • methodological developments in hierarchical modelling
  • computer-aided drug design and cheminformatics
  • molecular modelling education