Why are there so few antivirals?
It's all a question of cell biology, academics explain.
As the end of the second world war neared, mass production of the newly developed antibiotic penicillin enabled life-...
Good odds for baby number two using IVF
Analysis provides insights for second-time hopeful parents.
Many couples who have used in vitro fertilisation (IVF) to conceive a baby will likely need it again if they want ano...
Get a good night’s rest before tests
Monitoring confirms our brains replay memories while we sleep.
Students have long been told they should get a good night’s sleep before exams rather than cramming up to the last mi...
Yet more potential in viruses from poo
Danish researchers find links to two diseases.
Faecal transplants have been a thing for a while. It’s eight years since Cosmos first reported on their possible ...
Sentinel surveillance and COVID-19
Health researchers explain its role.
By international standards, Australia has had considerable success in containing the COVID-19 outbreak. As the number...
Hangover? Consider a prickly pear daiquiri
Exploring the science of natural remedies.
Over the years, various natural remedies have been recommended as hangover cures, usually with little if any science ...
Measuring different responses to COVID-19
Analysis looks at six countries and six curves.
To understand the spread of COVID-19, the pandemic is more usefully viewed as a series of distinct local epidemics. T...
Learning from the spread of measles
Models reveal the very complex dynamics.
Researchers in the US and the UK have modelled the dynamics of measles to try to better understand how epidemics spre...
Why do more men die from coronavirus?
Geneticist Jenny Graves addresses the issues.
All over the world – in China, Italy, the United States and Australia – many more men than women are dying from COVID...
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...
Genetic vulnerability and mental illness
Gene combinations could increase lifelong risk.
People with genetic vulnerability for adult depression are more likely to have emotional and social problems in child...
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...