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2011-11-28 17:27:39

An international study, published today in the prestigious journal Nature Biotechnology, reveals more about human pluripotent stem cells and their genetic stability and has important implications for the development of therapies using these cells. Scientists from the University of Melbourne, University of NSW and CSIRO contributed to this study, which examined how the genome of 138 stem cell lines of diverse ethnic backgrounds changed when the cells were grown in the laboratory....

2011-11-23 11:47:31

Researchers have shown for the first time how Golden orb web spiders (Nephila antipodiana) add a chemical to their web silk to repel invading ants. The finding adds a chemical defense to the impressive properties of spider silk, already known to be very strong, elastic and adhesive, and may provide new opportunities for pesticide design. The study was led by researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the University of Melbourne, and is published in the journal...

2011-11-11 18:25:13

Infectious diseases specialists from Austin Health are working closely with Microbiologists from the University of Melbourne to understand how Staph is becoming resistant to all antibiotic therapies. The treatment of serious infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus (Golden Staph) is complicated by the development of antibiotic resistance. Seriously ill patients, vulnerable to infections can be at additional risk if antimicrobial agents become less effective in fighting infections....

2011-11-10 13:02:06

The report "A long gestation: the adoption process in Victoria" was launched this week by Dr Giuliana Fuscaldo, a lecturer in health ethics at the University of Melbourne and Dr Sarah Russell from Research Matters. The research investigated the first-hand experiences of people applying to adopt a child in Victoria either through local or overseas adoption. While there has been substantial research on the history of adoption and the outcomes for adopted children, the study is one of the...

2011-11-01 15:13:05

Mothers, sisters and daughters from breast cancer families with known genetic mutations do not all share the same high risk of developing the disease, according to a new international study involving the University of Melbourne. Women with the breast cancer genetic mutations BRCA1 or BRCA2 are at least 10 times more likely to develop breast cancer than the average woman. The new study found that women who do not have a genetic mutation, but are closely related to women who do have...

2011-10-27 14:07:49

Climate scientists say the world´s target to stay below a global warming of 2 degrees, made at the United Nations conference in Copenhagen in 2009 and Cancun 2010 will require decisive action this decade. A comprehensive review of 193 emission scenarios from scientific literature to date has been published in Nature Climate Change today by University of Melbourne and international scientists. This study found the target of 44 billion tons of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions...

Why Do Some People Gain Weight Back After A Diet?
2011-10-27 09:53:03

Obesity studies for years have shown that when overweight people lose weight their metabolism slows and they experience hormonal changes that increase appetite, a finding that has been backed by new Australian research that shows those changes persist for a longer period of time. Scientists theorized that these biological changes could explain why most obese dieters quickly gain back much of their weight that they had previously lost. They found that for at least a year, subjects who lost...

Image 1 - World War Artifacts Uncovered At Gallipoli
2011-10-05 13:28:02

More than 100 artifacts from the First World War have been uncovered in an archaeological fieldwork survey on the Gallipoli battlefield, leading to some interesting theories about life on the frontline according to University of Melbourne survey archaeologist Professor Antonio Sagona. The discoveries were made as part of a second season of fieldwork undertaken as part of the Joint Historical and Archaeological Survey — the only systematic survey of the battlefields of Gallipoli since...

2011-09-28 10:36:53

A new study into victim´s satisfaction with the criminal justice system has found many victims feel their involvement in the justice system adds to their feelings of loss and trauma A new study into victim's satisfaction with the criminal justice system has found many victims feel their involvement in the justice system adds to their feelings of loss and trauma. The study is an Australian first with the University of Melbourne and Victim Support Australia joining forces to ask...

2011-09-19 19:54:25

In more than 70 per cent of legal disputes over informed consent, patients allege the doctor failed to properly explain the risks of complications, a University of Melbourne study published in the latest Medical Journal of Australia has found. Professor David Studdert from the Melbourne School of Population Health and Melbourne Law School and co-authors reviewed nearly 2000 negligence claims against doctors insured by Avant Mutual Group Limited and complaints lodged with the Health...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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