Category Archives: Science – General

General Public health and other interesting cross-topic subjects.

Silver staph discovery will help fight against golden staph superbug, researchers say

ABC News | February 25, 2015 | Katherine Gregory

A new “silver” strain of the increasingly virulent and antibiotic-resistant staphylococcus bacteria superbug has been discovered by Northern Territory medical researchers.

They hope the discovery of Staphylococcus argenteus will help them understand how the well-known golden staph infection has been able to develop resistance to standard penicillin antibiotics such as methicillin.  Continue reading…

Beyond genetics: illuminating the epigenome

The Conversation Merlin Crossley 20 February 2015

If you are attracted to the more mysterious areas of science, such as quantum mechanics and cosmology, and your special interest is Lamarckian epigenetic inheritance, then you may be aware that Nature has just published articles summarising progress of the Roadmap Epigenomics Project towards producing a reference human epigenome.

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Heart transplant pioneer sounds ‘scientific banana republic’ warning over research cuts

ABC News Louise Crealy 19 Feb., 2015

One of the country’s leading scientists says funding cuts are putting the future of medical research in Australia at risk of a slump that could take decades to reverse.
Professor Robert Graham from the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute said Australia could become a “scientific banana republic” if more money was not pumped into research.

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Forget the genome, Australian scientists crack the ‘methylome’ for an aggressive type of breast cancer

The Sydney Morning Herald  | February 2, 2015 | Nicky Phillips  | Technology

Decoding the letters of the human genome revolutionised scientists’ understanding of the role of genetic mutations in many diseases, including about one in every five cancers.

Now a team of Australian scientists have gone a step further, inventing a way to decipher another layer of information that garnishes genes, called methyl groups, which may explain the cause of many more cancers.  Continue reading…

Powerful microscope gives Australian scientists ‘unprecedented’ view of molecules

ABC News 2 February 2015

A powerful microscope that researchers hope will help them develop better treatments for diseases such as cancer is being unveiled in Melbourne.

The $5 million Titan Krios cryo-electron microscope, which is three-metres tall and weighs about a tonne, will allow researchers to look at the position of individual atoms within molecular structures.

It forms the centrepiece of Monash University’s new Clive and Vera Ramaciotti Centre for Structural Cryo-Electron Microscopy, which is being opened today.

Hot chip vending machines to be rolled out across Australia 30 January 2015

GET ready Australia, soon we’ll be able to get hot chips on the go.

A true blue Aussie company is set to roll out hot chip vending machines across the country by Christmas

Perth-based The Hot Chips Company spent more than five years developing the one-of-a-kind machine with WA potato processor Bendotti Exporters.

“You put your money in and it (the chips) goes from frozen to the fryer and in your cup within two minutes and 20 seconds,” Bendotti Exporters director Stephen Bendotti told ABC.

The companies are working to reduce the wait to just two minutes.

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.Making Open Access work for you: publishing, peer-review and innovation – Workshop

BioMed Central the open access publisher kicks off its Global Roadshow this February in Australia and New Zealand. These FREE to attend one day events will take place in Sydney giving delegates a chance to meet local and international editors, get updated on open access publishing and hear insights from  world renowned academics.

BioMed Central Roadshow program – Sydney, Australia – Monday 23 February 2015

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