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Experts pick apart the veracity of claims made in research papers and the media.

Gene Editing for Conservation Needs In-Built Protection

By Australian Science Media Centre

Researchers have been considering using gene drives to rid New Zealand of invasive pests, but have they adequately estimated the issues and addressed indigenous rights?

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First Australian Cancer Lawsuit Over Herbicide “Roundup”

By AusSMC

A Melbourne gardener has launched legal action in the first Australian case to link cancer with glyphosate, the active ingredient in the weedkiller Roundup. While glyphosate is considered “probably carcinogenic”, some experts dispute this conclusion.

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Call for a Moratorium on Human Genome Editing

By AusSMC

Scientists and ethicists from seven countries have called for a global moratorium on all clinical uses of human germline editing. The suggested moratorium would not hamper research or editing of non-germline cells, but would set a period that no clinical use of editing sperm, eggs or embryos would be allowed.

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How Science Fared in the 2019 Federal Budget

By AusSMC

Experts comment on how the 2019-20 Federal Budget will impact research, health and science.

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Labor's 2019 Climate Policy

By AusSMC

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has unveiled Labor's climate change policy — the plan it will use to reach its target of cutting emissions by 45% by 2030, and ensure half of Australia's energy comes from renewable sources by 2050.

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Smoking Dope Just Once as a Teen Could Change Your Brain

By AusSMC

Teenagers who say they have only smoked cannabis once or twice have both structural and cognitive changes to their brains.

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Australia's Space Agency to Land in Adelaide

By AusSMC

Australia’s Space Agency will touch down in Adelaide by mid-2019. It is hoped that it will help triple Australia’s space economy to $12 billion by 2030.

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Autism Link to Traffic Pollution Exposure During Pregnancy

By Australian Science Media Centre

Exposure to traffic pollution during pregnancy has been linked to an increased risk of autism.

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NASA has Mars InSight

By AusSMC

NASA's InSight lander has touched down on Mars after spending almost 7 months travelling through space. Its mission is to measure the temperature of the red planet and listen out for any earthquakes to help scientists understand more about the interior of the planet.

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The Persistent Killer of Killer Whales

By AusSMC

Killer whales are at risk due to PCB contamination despite a near-global ban more than 30 years ago. The threat affects more than half of the world’s orcas, and whale populations near industrialised regions and at the top of the food-chain are at a high risk of population collapse over the next 100 years.

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