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Which Pregnant Women Are at Risk?

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Credit: Olesia Bilkei/Adobe

By Claire Roberts & Tina Bianco-Miotto

A new screening test can identify the risk of pregnancy complications based on a genetic test in conjunction with lifestyle factors.

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How to Recruit 23 Million Scientists

Credit: Stuart Harris

Credit: Stuart Harris

By Carla Sbrocchi, Gretta Pecl, Chris Gillies & Philip Roetman

Partnerships between scientists and everyday Australians are changing the face of scientific discovery and exploration.

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Strangers on the Shore

rock art

Ships depicted in the rock art of Arnhem Land indicate the influence of Makassan mariners in the region.

By Daryl Wesley & Sue O’Connor

New analysis of rock art and other artefacts found in northern Australia are revealing the timing and extent of an ancient aquaculture industry developed by South-East Asian mariners.

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Is Milk Causing Breast Cancer?

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Geoscientist Jane Plant attributes her remission from cancer to cutting diary from her diet. Is there any scientific basis to this?

By Matthew Flavel

Is there any basis to claims that a dairy-free diet can prevent breast cancer?

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Science Funding Attracts a Crowd

Science Funding Attracts a Crowd

By Tina Thorburn

Crowdfunded scientific research has hit Australia as researchers communicate and engage with the public in exchange for their funds and their faith.

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Tolerate Thy Neighbour

cane toad

While adult cane toads are poisonous to terrestrial animals, their eggs and tadpoles are just as lethal to aquatic species. Credit: brian.gratwicke

By Georgina Caller

Cane toads have been wiping out native species, but one fish species has learnt to avoid toxic toadpoles.

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When the Devil’s Away the Possums Will Play

A large male Tasmanian devil with advanced facial tumours

A large male Tasmanian devil with advanced facial tumours, the disease that has caused widespread and severe decline across the devil’s range.

By Tracey Hollings and Menna Jones

Brushtail possums are boldly venturing away from the safety of trees to forage on the ground as an unprecedented transmissible cancer removes their major predator, the Tasmanian devil.

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The Changing Role of IP in Genomics

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Credit: Sergey Nivens/adobe

By Dianne Nicol

Recent court decisions have overturned previous rulings about genetic patents, but other intellectual property regimes are already taking their place.

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Born Too Soon

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Credit: herjua/iStockphoto

By Sarah Robertson & Mark Hutchinson

Each year a million babies die after premature birth, but researchers have now identified a potential treatment.

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Australia’s First Dingo

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The low genetic diversity observed in dingoes indicates that present-day populations might be derived from an isolated colonisation event that involved just a single pregnant female. Credit: Sam Fraser-Smith/Wikimedia Commons

By Joanne Wright & David Lambert

Genetic analyses suggest that in a single colonising event the dingo reached Australia during the Holocene. Since rising seas had already inundated the land bridge connecting Australia to South-East Asia, the dingo must have been accompanying an ancient human sailor.

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