What are IVF success rates by age?

If you are considering in vitro fertilisation (IVF), you may want to know what the IVF success rates are. Most people don’t have a baby after a single round of IVF, but the chances of success increase the younger you start, new data suggests. IVF is a technique that helps people get pregnant. It involves … Continue reading What are IVF success rates by age?

Something in the air – environmental pollutants may skew sex ratios at birth

Measured from the moment of conception, the ratio of male to female embryos is almost exactly 1:1. Yet, the ratio of baby boys to baby girls born each year fluctuates perceptibly over time. What forces are at play that swing the balance one way or the other? A new study, led by Andrey Rzhetsky of … Continue reading Something in the air – environmental pollutants may skew sex ratios at birth

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COVID Booster: pandemic pluses, summer flu and long-lasting vaccine passes its first test

Pfizer jabs aren’t a heart attack risk for the over 75s Good news for those aged over 75, with a study from the French National Agency for Medicines and Health Products, published in JAMA, finding that vaccination with Pfizer’s mRNA Comirnaty does not increase short-term risk of heat attack, stroke or other severe cardiovascular problems … Continue reading COVID Booster: pandemic pluses, summer flu and long-lasting vaccine passes its first test

Adelaide facility opens; ready and willing to make mRNA vaccines

A potential mRNA manufacturer has thrown wide its doors in Adelaide with the official opening of BioCina’s manufacturing facility today. The facility has been operating on the fringe of Adelaide’s city centre, for nearly four decades, under several different operators. BioCina purchased the plant from Pfizer in August 2020, and is now operating the facility … Continue reading Adelaide facility opens; ready and willing to make mRNA vaccines

RiAus Education: In class with … Professor Fiona Wood

Inventor of spray-on-skin and world-leading burns specialist, Professor Fiona Wood took on questions from school students around Australia in this exclusive In Class With… event. With questions about her career pathway, the design process and advice for students, Professor Fiona Wood inspires students to do what they love and make the most of opportunities. For … Continue reading RiAus Education: In class with … Professor Fiona Wood

Can COVID vaccines shed spike proteins – and is that bad?

What is a spike protein? A spike protein is a tool that helps a virus to enter the cell. If you look at an illustration of SARS-CoV-2, you will notice all the protruding structures on its extremities. The main job of these spike proteins is to join to receptors – called ACE2 receptors – on … Continue reading Can COVID vaccines shed spike proteins – and is that bad?

Monarch butterflies’ predators copy their poison resistance at a genetic level

Monarch caterpillars live on poisonous milkweed, which makes the adult monarch butterflies noxious to most predators. Over the past decade, researchers have been able to spot a number of key genetic mutations which allow the monarchs to tolerate milkweed toxins. Now, a study has shown that four of the monarch butterflies’ North American predators also … Continue reading Monarch butterflies’ predators copy their poison resistance at a genetic level

How do police forensic scientists investigate a case?

By Brendan Chapman, Murdoch University Recent high-profile missing persons cases, including that of William Tyrrell – who went missing in Kendall, New South Wales, at the age of three in 2014 – have focused public attention on the forensic practices involved in crime scene investigations. As a forensic scientist who has worked at thousands of … Continue reading How do police forensic scientists investigate a case?