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...
Fancy some worms with your sushi?
Parasites in raw fish have risen dramatically, study finds.
The presence of parasitic worms in raw or undercooked seafood, popular in dishes such as sushi, sashimi, poke and car...
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...
Border control won't contain COVID-19
Need for additional containment measures confirmed.
Two new studies suggest the importance of using a suite of containment measures to stop the spread of COVID-19, rangi...
Why most deadly viruses arise in Africa or Asia
The reasons may surprise you, and it’s expected to get worse.
The coronavirus disease, known as COVID-19, is a frightening reminder of the imminent global threat posed by emerging...
Thirdhand smoke in non-smoking movie theatre
The toxic chemicals were transported by moviegoers.
While remarkable progress has been made in several countries to prevent people inhaling toxic secondhand fumes from c...
Are we tackling bacteria the wrong way?
New discovery could change the future of treatment.
Since their discovery in 1928, antibiotics have become a common way of treating infections caused by bacteria, fungi ...