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

Chemical Exposure Linked to Preterm Birth Risk

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Women exposed to phthalates during pregnancy are at increased risk of preterm birth, according to US research. Phthalates are found in lotions, perfumes, deodorants and plastics such as PVC.

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Designer Baby Patent Makes Scientists Uneasy

A private company, 23andMe, has patented a method of creating “designer” babies by allowing the selection of sperm and eggs that are most likely to produce traits chosen by the parents, such as eye colour or athleticism, and also allows screening out of sperm and eggs likely to lead to genetic disease.

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Stem Cells Reset Inside Mice

Spanish researchers have successfully reset stem cells so they can become any cell type within the bodies of live mice, bypassing the need for transplantation.

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Experts respond to the IPCC's 5th report on climate change

Experts from Australia, New Zealand and the UK respond to the IPCC's report “Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis”.

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IVF Increases the Risk of Mental Retardation

A Swedish study has found that IVF was associated with a small risk of mental retardation.

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GM pig feed and stomach inflammation

Experts respond to a study finding that GM soy and corn cause stomach inflammation in pigs.

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Food Standards Authority Defends GM Safety

Earlier this year, a scientific review raised concerns that double-stranded RNA molecules produced in new genetically modified crops could pose a risk to human health. Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has responded to the claims by Heinemann et al. (2013) that this gene silencing technology is entering the food supply without adequate scrutiny.

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Where does Australia stand on science, technology, engineering and mathematics education?

Experts respond to a report into international comparisons of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.

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Federal Budget 2013 – experts respond

By AusSMC

Experts address how the latest announcements will impact on science, the Murray Darling Basin and the Great Barrier Reef.

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Novel Coronavirus Outbreak

A new coronavirus – from the same group of viruses responsible for the 2003 outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) – has been identified as the cause of an increasing number of illnesses and deaths in several countries.

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