ABC news 23 June 2015
WA Agriculture Minister Ken Baston says he will examine any new information on reports of generational health problems from toxic chemicals linked to Agent Orange in the Kimberley.
During the 1970s and 1980s hundreds of mostly Indigenous men were employed by the Agricultural Protection Board to eradicate weeds across parts of the West Kimberley.
With no protection gear offered for much of that time the men were routinely exposed to the now banned substance 245T, an ingredient in the defoliant Agent Orange.
EurekAlert 18 June 2015
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Sydney Morning Herald Peter Munro 13 June 2015
The similarities between our species helped drive changes in the United States last week that will require scientists wanting to perform harmful tests on chimps to apply for permits, which will be granted only if it benefits their species.
Primate researcher Jane Goodall hailed the move as a “new consciousness”. The National Association for Biomedical Research instead said the rules would inhibit the production of vaccines.
Brisbane Times June 11, 2015
Australia’s Professor Ian Frazer and his late Chinese colleague have won a prestige international award for developing the world’s first cervical cancer vaccine.
The immunologist and Jian Zhou’s widow, Xiao Yi Sun, received the European Inventor Award at a ceremony in Paris on Thursday.
“I’m delighted to see Australian innovation acknowledged in the international arena by this award,” said the Scottish-born professor, a former Australian of the Year and a Companion in the Order of Australia.
ABC News 3 June 2015
A merger between the nation’s peak science and IT organisations could result in the loss of about 200 jobs, a Senate estimates hearing in Canberra has been told.
The CSIRO and National ICT Australia (NICTA) are in negotiations to form one body after cuts were announced in the federal budget.