Category Archives: medical science

The Singer and the Science

On Saturday night I went to a screening of the documentary “The Punk Singer” about Kathleen Hanna of the bands Bikini Kill and Le Tigre. I knew little about Hanna other than that she gave Kurt Cobain the line “Smells … Continue reading

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Fluoridation Ban – Direct Meh, Indirect Disaster

My last post, predicting that it is unlikely the Coalition will retain their majority at the next election made quite most readers happy, even if they didn’t agree with me. This one probably won’t. Nevertheless, some things need to be … Continue reading

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Venom Double Act

The December edition of Australasian Science will have an unusual occurrence – two articles by me on largely unrelated work from the same team. Professor Glenn King of the University of Queensland Institute of Molecular Biology told me this was … Continue reading

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The Disease That Never Happened

My father taught law for almost 40 years at the University of Melbourne and achieved considerable fame in certain circles in the process. Many people were shocked to discover I was studying science and arts at the same university. “Didn’t … Continue reading

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Alan Jones And Dying of Pain

Alan Jones no doubt feels entirely vindicated in his warning about international students being behind the Boston bombings. After all, the alleged perpetrators appear are from overseas, and they did study in America, even if from Jones’ perspective they lack … Continue reading

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Real Heroism

I wrote an article today on a step towards a cure for HIV. It’s interesting in itself, and obviously if it goes the distance it is truly huge, but the thing that struck me the most was the people who … Continue reading

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The Devil Is In The (Epigenetic) Detail

Were it not so tragic, the Tasmanian Devil Facial Tumour (TDFT) would be one of the best scientific stories around. Any good scientific research project is like a detective story, with various false leads and twists of fate, and this … Continue reading

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