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2011-05-06 14:31:06

Latest insights into immunity to HIV could help to develop a vaccine to build antibodies' defences against the disease, a University of Melbourne study has found. By investigating the action of the human antibodies called ADCC, in people with HIV, researchers were able to identify that the virus evolves to evade or "Ëœescape' the antibodies. Professor Stephen Kent of the University of Melbourne and one of the senior authors on the paper said ADCC antibodies have been strongly...

2011-05-05 23:55:01

Scientists from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute and the University of Melbourne have used innovative new technologies to identify the gene responsible for a rare but fatal hereditary brain disorder. The discovery will make it possible to diagnose the disease through a blood test rather than a brain biopsy. Dr Melanie Bahlo, Ms Katherine Smith and Ms Catherine Bromhead from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute's Bioinformatics division, in collaboration with neurologist and epilepsy...

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2011-05-02 05:45:00

Researchers at the University of Melbourne, Australia, analyzed 485 cases where doctors had been found guilty of misconduct and disciplined in Australia and New Zealand between 2000 and 2009 and found that male doctors are four times more likely to be disciplined for misconduct than female medics, AFP is reporting. The Australian study, published in the Medical Journal of Australia, found the biggest cause of complaint was sexual misbehavior, and overall about 6 in every 10,000 doctors were...

2011-03-24 05:00:00

ANN ARBOR, Mich., March 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Adeona Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE Amex: AEN), a developer of innovative medicines for serious central nervous system diseases, announced today that Ashley I. Bush, M.D., Ph.D., has joined the Company's Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. Bush is a National Health and Medical Research Council Australia Fellow and Head of the Oxidation Disorders Laboratory for the Mental Health Research Institute, University of Melbourne. He has been published in...

2011-03-23 13:43:59

The absence of specific laws which define the ownership, storage and use of blood drops taken from every Australian baby since 1971 could threaten public trust in newborn screening (NBS) programs in Australia, a University of Melbourne academic has warned. For the past 40 years, the heel of nearly every baby born in Australia has been pricked to collect several drops of blood. These drops "“ which are then tested for a variety of genetic conditions, such as cystic fibrosis - are...

2011-03-03 12:41:48

How well our brain functions is largely based on our family's genetic makeup, according to a University of Melbourne led study. The study published in the international publication The Journal of Neuroscience provides the first evidence of a genetic effect on how "Ëœcost-efficient' our brain network wiring is, shedding light on some of the brain's make up. Lead author Dr Alex Fornito from the Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre at the University of Melbourne said the findings have...

2011-02-28 14:28:20

Medical and scientific experts propose a global framework for the safe production and use of the medicinal plant Kava, including further clinical testing in Australia. The South-Pacific plant has been traditionally used to reduce stress and anxiety but is restricted in some countries. Leading world Kava experts Dr Jerome Sarris from the University of Melbourne, Australia; Professor Rolf Teschke from Wolfgang Goethe-University, Frankfurt, Germany; and Dr Vincent Lebot from CIRAD, Port-Vila,...

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2011-02-23 13:41:22

Scientists hope the toxic cane toad that has rampaged around northeastern Australia may at last be stopped. The cane toad, which is a native of Central America, was introduced to Australia in 1935 to kill beetles devastating sugar-cane crops, only to become a pest in its own right. However, a new investigation says the toad has an Achilles' heel. The imported anuran desperately needs access to nearby standing water in order to survive, unlike indigenous amphibians that have adapted to arid...

2011-02-15 19:42:07

The genome of the Blackleg fungus, which causes the most damaging disease to canola crops worldwide, has been sequenced for the first time by a team of French and Australian scientists. Professor Barbara Howlett from the School of Botany at the University of Melbourne, who led the Australian research team, said the discovery was a significant step towards controlling the rampant Blackleg disease. "The 12,500 genes that constitute the genetic blue print for the fungus Leptosphaeria maculans...

2011-01-13 14:36:35

Scientists have developed Australia's first adult induced pluripotent stem cell lines using skin biopsies from patients with the rare genetic disease Friedreich Ataxia (FA). The study was conducted by the University of Melbourne and Monash Institute of Medical Research and is published in the current online edition of the international journal Stem Cell Reviews and Reports. It is the first time adult pluripotent stem cells, known as iPS cells have been developed for a specific disease in...