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  • World first gene offers fresh view on glaucoma
    Posted in: 2016, SA

    The chance detection of one large family’s predisposition to small eyes has given Flinders University researcher Mona Awadalla a new angle on the disease glaucoma. Mona and her colleagues identified a new gene mutation that leads to reduced eyeball size, which led to glaucoma in 16 members of one family. Known as TMEM98, the gene codes […]

  • Do not disturb! Tiny sensors for IVF embryos
    Posted in: 2016, SA

    IVF is a complicated procedure. At present, the only way to gauge the health of IVF embryos is to use a microscope and monitor their shape. Now, researchers at the University of Adelaide have developed tiny optic-fibre sensors that can reveal the health status of developing embryos during in vitro fertilisation, giving doctors a simple tool […]

  • You beauty! Green and gold for mine site rehab
    Posted in: 2016, SA

    The golden wattle, Australia’s floral emblem, is an ideal candidate for rehabilitating mine sites, according to new research from the University of South Australia. Most planted trees and herbs remove heavy metals from the soil. But these heavy metals accumulate in the plant, spreading to the worms, birds, and other wildlife that feed off the […]

  • Taking the pressure off spinal cord injury
    Posted in: 2016, SA

    Spinal cord injury can leave the sufferer with life-changing disabilities including paralysis, reduced bowel and bladder control, loss of sexual ability, and chronic pain. In a world first, researchers from the University of Adelaide have found that after a spinal cord injury, pressure builds up in the spinal cord, peaking three days after the accident. […]