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  1. Dolly clones celebrate their baa-rthday and are ageing well

    Publicly released: Wed 27 Jul 2016 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    Nature Communications

    2016-07-27 01:00. Cloned sheep seem to age normally say UK researchers who have looked at the health of 13 cloned sheep, including four who are clones of Dolly the sheep, the world's first cloned animal. Dolly raised concerns about how cloned Read more about Dolly clones celebrate their baa-rthday and are ageing well - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Nottingham, UK
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Australian and New Zealand newspapers have permission from the journal to run this story in print on the day the embargo lifts, with the strict proviso that nothing can appear online until after the embargo lifts.

    Name:
    Kevin Sinclair
    Phone:
    +44 115 951 6053
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    Kevin.Sinclair@nottingham.ac.uk
  2. Links between depression and shorter breastfeeding duration in new mothers

    Publicly released: Wed 27 Jul 2016 at 0001 AEST / 0201 NZST

    Journal of the Australian College of Midwives

    2016-07-27 00:01. Experts from Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI) are calling for more awareness and support for new mothers experiencing depression and breastfeeding difficulties after new research showed a link between the two. Health / Read more about Links between depression and shorter breastfeeding duration in new mothers - Scimex

    Australia; VICMurdoch Childrens Research Institute
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Inga Feitsma
    Phone:
    03 9936 6336
    Position:
    Communications Manager
    Email:
    inga.feitsma@mcri.edu.au
  3. Animation library to increase science literacy in Victoria

    Publicly released: Tue 26 Jul 2016 at 1730 AEST / 1930 NZST

    2016-07-26 17:30. The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research will embark on an exciting new project to create a free online database of more than 100 scientifically accurate 3D biomedical animations. Health / Medical. Registered Read more about Animation library to increase science literacy in Victoria - Scimex

    Australia; VICWalter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI)
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Arunee Wilson
    Email:
    wilson.a@wehi.edu.au
  4. Protein insights to help find heart disease cure

    Publicly released: Tue 26 Jul 2016 at 1000 AEST / 1200 NZST

    Cell Reports

    2016-07-26 10:00. Research led by The Australian National University has uncovered new insights into how the human genome gets through the daily grind with the help of RNA-binding proteins, in a discovery which could ultimately lead to a cure for Read more about Protein insights to help find heart disease cure - Scimex

    Australia; ACTThe Australian National University
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Dr Madeleine Nicol
    Phone:
    +61 2 6125 2577
    Position:
    John Curtin School of Medical Research
    Email:
    madeleine.nicol@anu.edu.au
  5. Daddy rat's diet linked to daughter's breast cancer

    Publicly released: Tue 26 Jul 2016 at 1000 AEST / 1200 NZST

    Breast Cancer Research

    2016-07-26 10:00. The dietary habits of rat fathers may affect their daughters’ breast cancer risk, Brazilian scientists have found. The researchers fed 60 male rats either a high-fat lard-based or corn-oil based diet or a lower-fat control diet, Read more about Daddy rat's diet linked to daughter's breast cancer - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Sao Paulo, Brazil
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Anne Korn
    Phone:
    +44 (0)20 3192 2744
    Position:
    Press Officer
    Email:
    anne.korn@biomedcentral.com
  6. Antarctic lake's dramatic change due to warming climate

    Publicly released: Tue 26 Jul 2016 at 1000 AEST / 1200 NZST

    Global and Planetary Change

    2016-07-26 10:00. Life in Antarctica's Lake Vanda has dramatically changed since water levels suddenly began rising in the 1930s from climate-driven ice melt, new research co-authored by a New Zealander finds. They also find that the speed at which Read more about Antarctic lake's dramatic change due to warming climate - Scimex

    New ZealandUniversity of Canterbury
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    No media release.

    Name:
    Professor Ian Hawes
    Phone:
    +64 21 022 81494
    Position:
    Study author
    Email:
    ian.hawes@canterbury.ac.nz
  7. Can you teach koalas new tricks?

    Publicly released: Tue 26 Jul 2016 at 0900 AEST / 1100 NZST

    Wildlife Research

    2016-07-26 09:00. Yes, you can! Griffith University researchers have proved just that is a world-first study involving the beloved Australian animal. Environment / Climate / Energy. Society / Lifestyle. Registered journalists should sign in (top Read more about Can you teach koalas new tricks? - Scimex

    Australia; International; QLDGriffith University
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Australian newspapers have permission from the journal to run this story in print on the day the embargo lifts, with the strict proviso that nothing can appear online until after the embargo lifts.

    Name:
    Stephanie Bedo
    Email:
    s.bedo@griffith.edu.au
  8. US police injured or killed over 55,000 people in stops, arrests

    Publicly released: Tue 26 Jul 2016 at 0830 AEST / 1030 NZST

    Injury Prevention

    2016-07-26 08:30. Police stops injured or killed over 55, 000 people in the USA in 2012, with black people more likely to be killed by police, says an international team of researchers, including Australians. The study found that although after Read more about US police injured or killed over 55,000 people in stops, arrests - Scimex

    Australia; WACurtin University|Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, USA
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Australian newspapers have permission from the journal to run this story in print on the day the embargo lifts, with the strict proviso that nothing can appear online until after the embargo lifts.

    Name:
    Ted R Miller
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    miller@pire.org
  9. Artistic skills emerge as dementia progresses

    Publicly released: Tue 26 Jul 2016 at 0800 AEST / 1000 NZST

    Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease

    2016-07-26 08:00. A new study by researchers at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) has identified the emergence of positive changes that occur after a person has been diagnosed with dementia. The first of its kind, the study has confirmed Read more about Artistic skills emerge as dementia progresses - Scimex

    Australia; NSWNeuroscience Research Australia
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Chelsea Hunter
    Phone:
    +61 2 9399 1046
    Position:
    Science Communicator
    Email:
    c.hunter@neura.edu.au
  10. Altered ‘Pac-Man’ gene implicated in Alzheimer’s disease

    Publicly released: Tue 26 Jul 2016 at 0800 AEST / 1000 NZST

    Journal of Alzheimer's Disease

    2016-07-26 08:00. A gene that protects the brain from the harmful build-up of amyloid-beta, one of the causative proteins implicated in Alzheimer’s disease, has been identified as a new target for therapy by NeuRA researchers. The recent study, Read more about Altered ‘Pac-Man’ gene implicated in Alzheimer’s disease - Scimex

    Australia; NSWNeuroscience Research Australia
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Chelsea Hunter
    Phone:
    +61 2 9399 1046
    Position:
    Science Communicator
    Email:
    c.hunter@neura.edu.au
  11. Early human fire use could have triggered emergence of TB

    Publicly released: Tue 26 Jul 2016 at 0500 AEST / 0700 NZST

    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

    2016-07-26 05:00. Fire use by early humans may have allowed tuberculosis to emerge as a transmissible human disease, possibly through increased susceptibility to lung infection as a result of smoke inhalation as well as increased opportunities for Read more about Early human fire use could have triggered emergence of TB - Scimex

    AustraliaThe University of New South Wales
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Contact Deborah Smith for a copy of the research paper - deborah.smith@unsw.edu.au.

    Paper also available via EurekAlert! Australian newspapers have permission from the journal to run this story in print on the day the embargo lifts, with the strict proviso that nothing can appear online until after the embargo lifts.

    Name:
    Associate Professor Mark Tanaka
    Phone:
    (02) 9385 2038
    Position:
    Senior author
    Email:
    m.tanaka@unsw.edu.au
  12. Specific stem cells ease risks in healing hearts

    Publicly released: Tue 26 Jul 2016 at 0400 AEST / 0600 NZST

    PLOS Computational Biology

    2016-07-26 04:00. Stem cell therapy has the potential to heal heart tissue damaged by a heart attack but studies so far have shown that these benefits are often very small and short-lived. Thankfully, a sub-set of connective tissue stem cells have Read more about Specific stem cells ease risks in healing hearts - Scimex

    InternationalIcahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, USA
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Australian newspapers have permission from the journal to run this story in print on the day the embargo lifts, with the strict proviso that nothing can appear online until after the embargo lifts.

    Name:
    Kevin D. Costa
    Phone:
    +1 212 241 7122
    Position:
    Study author
    Email:
    kevin.costa@mssm.edu
  13. EXPERT REACTION: Gene linked to easier body fat storage

    Publicly released: Tue 26 Jul 2016 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    Nature Genetics

    2016-07-26 01:00. Having a specific gene type tips the balance towards excess fat storage but actually lowers the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a new Samoan-based study suggests. The researchers also found that while this gene type is globally Read more about EXPERT REACTION: Gene linked to easier body fat storage - Scimex

    InternationalBrown University, USA
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Australian and New Zealand newspapers have permission from the journal to run this story in print on the day the embargo lifts, with the strict proviso that nothing can appear online until after the embargo lifts.

    Name:
    Stephen McGarvey
    Phone:
    +1 401 863 1354
    Position:
    Study author
    Email:
    stephen_mcgarvey@brown.edu
  14. Life's ancestor liked it hot

    Publicly released: Tue 26 Jul 2016 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    Nature Microbiology

    2016-07-26 01:00. The last common ancestor of all life on Earth most likely lived in an environment similar to the hot springs we see today, say German researchers. All life on Earth evolved from a common single-celled organism that lived around 4 Read more about Life's ancestor liked it hot - Scimex

    InternationalHeinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany
    • Other Science
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:
    Australian and New Zealand newspapers have permission from the journal to run this story in print on the day the embargo lifts, with the strict proviso that nothing can appear online until after the embargo lifts.
    Name:
    William F. Martin
    Phone:
    +49 211 811 3011
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    bill@hhu.de
  15. China's coal use has peaked say experts

    Publicly released: Tue 26 Jul 2016 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    Nature Geoscience

    2016-07-26 01:00. Coal use in China, one of Australia's largest coal export markets, peaked in 2013– 2014 and is now set to decline, argue international experts. The comment piece authors say that slowing growth, a structural shift away from heavy Read more about China's coal use has peaked say experts - Scimex

    InternationalTsinghua University, Beijing, China
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Rural / Agricultural
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Australian and New Zealand newspapers have permission from the journal to run this story in print on the day the embargo lifts, with the strict proviso that nothing can appear online until after the embargo lifts.

    Name:
    Tong Wu, Tempe
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    tongwu15@outlook.com
  16. New genetic clues into motor neuron disease

    Publicly released: Tue 26 Jul 2016 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    Nature Genetics

    2016-07-26 01:00. Researchers at The University of Queensland have contributed to the discovery of three new genes which increase the risk of motor neuron disease (MND), opening the door for targeted treatments. Professor Naomi Wray from UQ’s Read more about New genetic clues into motor neuron disease - Scimex

    Australia; QLDThe University of Queensland
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Australian and New Zealand newspapers have permission from the journal to run this story in print on the day the embargo lifts, with the strict proviso that nothing can appear online until after the embargo lifts.

    Name:
    Kirsten MacGregor
    Position:
    Executive Communications Manager
    Email:
    k.macgregor@uq.edu.au
  17. Ploughing the origins of farming reveal it grew twice

    Publicly released: Tue 26 Jul 2016 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    Nature

    2016-07-26 01:00. Farming developed independently in two separate populations in the Middle and Near East thousands of years ago, according to an analysis of 44 ancient human DNA samples conducted by international researchers. The study suggests Read more about Ploughing the origins of farming reveal it grew twice - Scimex

    InternationalHarvard Medical School, USA
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Rural / Agricultural
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Australian and New Zealand newspapers have permission from the journal to run this story in print on the day the embargo lifts, with the strict proviso that nothing can appear online until after the embargo lifts.

    Name:
    David Reich
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    reich@genetics.med.harvard.edu
  18. Little Ice Age reveals secrets to carbon-climate feedback

    Publicly released: Tue 26 Jul 2016 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    Nature Geosciences

    2016-07-26 01:00. A long-held conviction about the relationship between climate and the Earth's carbon cycle has been observed and quantified for the first time. Using ice from Australia's Law Dome, where past atmospheric composition is preserved in Read more about Little Ice Age reveals secrets to carbon-climate feedback - Scimex

    Australia; VIC; TASCSIRO|The University of Melbourne|Australian Antarctic Division
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    CSIRO Senior Research Scientist David Etheridge is available for interviews. A collection of media assets is available courtesy of the Australian Antarctic Division via ftp://ftp.aad.gov.au/Public/News_Media_Files/Law_dome/

    Name:
    Chris Gerbing
    Phone:
    +61 3 9545 2312
    Position:
    Communication Manager
    Email:
    chris.gerbing@csiro.au
  19. Zika may reach 1.65 million pregnant women in the Americas

    Publicly released: Tue 26 Jul 2016 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    Nature Microbiology

    2016-07-26 01:00. Approximately 1.65 million pregnant women and just over 90 million people in the Americas could become infected with the Zika virus during the current wave of the epidemic, says an international team. The study looked at data on Read more about Zika may reach 1.65 million pregnant women in the Americas - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Notre Dame, USA
    • Health / Medical
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Australian and New Zealand newspapers have permission from the journal to run this story in print on the day the embargo lifts, with the strict proviso that nothing can appear online until after the embargo lifts.

    Name:
    T. Alex Perkins
    Phone:
    +1 574 631 7179
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    taperkins@nd.edu
  20. First discovery from ‘New Riversleigh’ – a new extinct carnivorous marsupial

    Publicly released: Tue 26 Jul 2016 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    Memoirs of Museum Victoria

    2016-07-26 01:00. A new species of extinct flesh-eating marsupial that terrorised Australia’s drying forests about 5 million years ago has been identified from a fossil discovered in remote northwestern Queensland. The hypercarnivore is a distant Read more about First discovery from ‘New Riversleigh’ – a new extinct carnivorous marsupial - Scimex

    AustraliaThe University of New South Wales|The University of Queensland
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Professor Mike Archer
    Position:
    Lead author
    Email:
    m.archer@unsw.edu.au