Category Archives: Science – General

General Public health and other interesting cross-topic subjects.

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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Thousands of microbes in house dust

BBC News Rebecca Morelle 26 August 2015

The dust in our homes contains an average of 9,000 different types of fungi and bacteria, a study suggests.

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Study shows how climate change threatens health

EurekAlert 14 August 2015

Researchers at Columbia University’s National Center for Disaster Preparedness (NCDP) and the University of Washington have published a new study focused on the public health implications of climate change. The article explores climate change impacts on human health in the U.S. Gulf Coast and has implications for this and other coastal regions that are particularly vulnerable to climate change. The study appears in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (August 11, 2015). The Open Access article is available here:

How DNA detectives are helping solve the rise of superbug

The Guardian (UK) 22 August 2015

It is now 12 years since the first set of genetic instructions in a human was sequenced. Many of our hopes for using knowledge about the human genome to better fight the likes of heart disease and cancer still lie years and decades in the future, but DNA sequencing in healthcare is not all about tomorrow. It is already revolutionising clinical microbiology. Most exciting of all, it is giving us an important tool in our battle with drug-resistant strains of bacteria. These strains are one of the major growing threats to human health, and have just prompted new guidelines in the UK on how GPs should prescribe antibiotics.

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