What is herd immunity?
The important issues affecting vaccination uptake.
The term herd immunity comes from the observation of how a herd of buffalo forms a circle, with the strong on the out...
Cancer gene could help repair hearts
Researchers find possible path to cell regeneration.
The quest to find a curative treatment for heart disease may have taken an unexpected turn. Adult mouse heart afte...
Wildlife exploitation = infectious disease risk
Study links human activities to virus spillover from animals.
Zoonotic diseases – those transmitted from animals to humans – are quickly becoming one of the world’s biggest public...
Developments in a vaccine for coronavirus
First reduce the amount of virus during typical infection.
SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is changing how we live. With a rapid increase in cases, we are now isola...
Nathaniel Kleitman helps us rest easier
And he often went to great lengths to do it.
“Without sleep you can’t form or maintain the pathways in your brain that let you learn and create new memories, and ...
Like a key to a lock
It’s important to see the molecular machinery.
In the race to develop a treatment for COVID-19, the disease threatening millions of lives around the world, scientis...
History of ideas: vaccines and immunisation
The story behind our love-hate relationship with needles.
Roll up your sleeves everybody, it’s vaccination time. Don’t like needles? Who does? It’s estimated that at least 10%...
Social distancing can work in Australia
It's a matter of everyone getting involved.
Social distancing can help curb COVID-19 in Australia in three months, modelling carried out at the University of Syd...
Machine learning for cancer screening
New blood test learns from DNA in the bloodstream.
Scientists have developed a blood test or “liquid biopsy” that detects lung cancer at an early stage, something that ...
Why some countries have few COVID-19 cases
Several possibilities, hopefully not low testing rates.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began in Wuhan, China in December 2019, we have seen the virus spread to over 160 countri...
New promise for blood transfusions
Scientists create blood cells that could be friendly to all.
Scientists have created a “stealth” red blood cell that camouflages its immune status, meaning it could potentially b...
Lessons from Singapore's coronavirus tactics
They include cartoons, liberal testing and strict quarantines.
Singapore’s response to the coronavirus has been held up by many around the world as a model. As of this week, the co...