Australian researchers push to end politicians’ power to veto grants

From Nature News, 10 March 2022: Researchers in Australia have endorsed a proposal to remove government ministers’ power to veto grant-funding decisions made by expert science committees. They say this veto ability is just one example of Australia’s political overreach in research, and is a threat to academic freedom. Legislators in Australia are considering whether Continue reading Australian researchers push to end politicians’ power to veto grants

What do we mean by Covid immunity?

From The Medical Republic, 21 March 2022: There was a time before covid, which seems a distant memory now, when the concepts of “immune” and “immunised” seemed relatively straightforward to anyone outside the field of immunology. Either by virtue of childhood infection or vaccination, a person believed that they were now protected from further assault Continue reading What do we mean by Covid immunity?

Rapid wheat genome sequencing offers hope for disease resistance

From Nature Middle East, 17 March 2022: A new genome sequencing method has enabled the rapid sequencing of a highly disease-resistant wheat variety, which could guide the breeding of cultivars that have long-lasting immunity to the devastating fungal stripe rust disease.The wheat genome is difficult to sequence because it is around five times larger than Continue reading Rapid wheat genome sequencing offers hope for disease resistance

Is Covid becoming endemic?

From The Medical Republic, 18 February 2022: “It’s no worse than the flu” has been the rallying cry of covid-deniers, anti-vaccination campaigners, and anyone with a financial or political interest in downplaying the devastating impact that SARS-CoV-2 has had on humanity. While they have been proven spectacularly wrong on so many fronts, there is one Continue reading Is Covid becoming endemic?

Sotrovimab-resistant covid ‘could spread’

From The Medical Republic, 10 March 2022: Covid can develop resistance to the monoclonal antibody that was thought to be “variant-proof”, Australian research suggests. A research letter published in the New England Journal of Medicine reports on four patients with covid who experienced treatment failure with sotrovimab, and were then found to have variants of Continue reading Sotrovimab-resistant covid ‘could spread’

Flooding and storms wreak havoc for Australian scientists

From The Scientist, 4 March 2022: Australia’s east coast has been drenched with record-breaking rainfall, causing floods that have submerged major cities including the Queensland state capital Brisbane, killed at least 16 people, and wreaked major devastation across both Queensland and New South Wales. Around 90 centimeters of rain fell in the space of one week on some areas Continue reading Flooding and storms wreak havoc for Australian scientists

Australian researchers push to end politicians’ power to veto grants

From Nature, 10 March 2022: Researchers in Australia have endorsed a proposal to remove government ministers’ power to veto grant-funding decisions made by expert science committees. They say this veto ability is just one example of Australia’s political overreach in research, and is a threat to academic freedom. Legislators in Australia are considering whether to Continue reading Australian researchers push to end politicians’ power to veto grants

Platelet-rich plasma injections show no benefit in knee OA in placebo-controlled trial

From Medscape, 23 November 2021: A large randomized, placebo-controlled trial of platelet-rich plasma injections for knee osteoarthritis has found almost no symptomatic or structural benefit from the treatment, giving some clarity to an evidence base that has seen both positive and negative trials for the treatment modality. Given the need for better disease-modifying treatments for Continue reading Platelet-rich plasma injections show no benefit in knee OA in placebo-controlled trial