Ultra-fine X-rays tested on cancer cells
Australian team explores the use of MRT.
Australian scientists have trialled in rats a new radiation therapy technique that uses ultra-fine X-rays to target b...
COVID-19: The lessons learned to date
Peter Doherty analyses the first months of the pandemic.
As of 29 June, 2020, the World Health Organisation (WHO) had, since January, recorded 10,021,401 ‘official’ cases of ...
Be alert but not alarmed
New H1N1 swine flu found in China.
By Ian M Mackay, University of Queensland Researchers have found a new strain of flu virus with “pandemic potentia...
Four unusual things about coronavirus
What we’ve learned about what we’re dealing with.
By Sanjaya Senanayake, Australian National University It is now almost six months since the world became aware of ...
COVID-19's problem of confounding variables
Peter Doherty looks at issues around seasonal change.
As Shakespeare’s Richard III has it: ‘Now is the winter of our discontent, Made glorious summer…’ But is the summer e...
Brain stimulation needs to be precise
Researchers identify areas linked to impulsive behaviour.
Australian researchers have identified areas of the brain they believe are linked to negative side effects from deep ...
Measles may be much older than we assumed
Researchers reconstruct genome from preserved lung.
Measles may have emerged as early as the sixth century BCE, according to a new study of some old samples. That is ...
Barry Marshall and Robin Warren have guts
‘Good team’ discovered what we know about ulcers.
At a news briefing on 12 February 2002, then US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld made the statement for which he is ...
Possible COVID-19 treatment welcomed
Oxford reports success with dexamethasone.
Australian researchers have welcomed news of a possible breakthrough in the search for a treatment for COVID-19, but ...
Jonas Salk wins the fight against polio
Vaccine supported by huge public campaign.
In the early 20th century, polio was, as the World Health Organisation's Global Polio Eradication Initiative notes, o...
The fascinating history of clinical trials
Tales of Ginseng, TB, rhubarb and coronavirus.
Clinical trials are under way around the world, including in Australia, testing COVID-19 vaccines and treatments. ...
Cancer acts like bacteria to resist drugs
Study shows cells accumulate genetic variations.
Cancer cells can turn on error-prone DNA copy pathways to adapt to cancer treatment in much the same way as bacteria ...