Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

August 20, 2006
Friendly bacteria in chewing gum that bites back
A new chewing gum containing Lactobacillus could be appearing in the supermarkets very soon.

Ethics of indigenous health research explored in new guide
The rights, responsibilities and expectations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples participating in or conducting human research are highlighted in a new guide released today by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) at the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service in Melbourne.

A new tool against brain disease
University of Utah researchers isolated an unusual nerve toxin in venom from an ocean-dwelling cone snail, and say its ability to glom onto the brain's nicotine receptors may be useful for designing new drugs to treat a wide range of nervous system disorders including Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, depression, nicotine addiction and perhaps even schizophrenia.

Molecular switch may turn off immune cells that target HIV
One of the primary mysteries of the AIDS epidemic -- why the immune system cannot control HIV infection -- may have been solved by an international research collaborative.

$1 million Myers Fellowship brings US research techniques to Melbourne
The Howard Florey Institute's inaugural Allan and Maria Myers Travel Fellowship has been awarded to world renowned neuroscientist, Professor Gerard Shaw, from the McKnight Brain Institute, University of Florida College of Medicine.

Sydney harbor's seaweed a deadly diet for sea creatures
Sydney Harbor's seaweeds may be having a deadly effect on the small animals that eat them because they

Ventracor 2006 results
Ventracor Limited (ASX: VCR) today reported revenues of $1.10 million (2005: $nil) for the 2006 financial year from sales of its VentrAssist implantable cardiac assist system to leading transplant centres in the United States, Britain, Norway and Australia.

'Signature' of chromosome instability predicts cancer outcomes
Traditional microscopic examination can't always accurately predict a cancer's aggressiveness, leading to increased interest in molecular diagnostic techniques.

How HIV 'exhausts' killer T cells
Scientists have discovered how HIV turns off killer T cells that would otherwise attack the virus by simply flipping a molecular switch on the cells.
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