New target to treat type 2 diabetes

Australian researchers have discovered a link between protein intake and improved control of blood glucose in mice, opening the way for potential new treatments for type 2 diabetes in humans.

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Image: Sohal Parvez Haque, Flickr.

Sexist peer review causes Twitter storm

A peer reviewer suggested that two female researchers find “one or two male biologists” to co-author a manuscript they had written and submitted to PLoS ONE.

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abstract image of journal article with male and female symbols

Graham Farquhar awarded a Carnegie Centenary Professorship

Distinguished Professor Graham Farquhar has won a Carnegie Trust Centenary Professorship for 2015.

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Distinguished Professor Graham Farquhar,  2015 Carnegie Centenary Professorship recipient

What’s killing the endangered forty-spotted pardalote?

The research of Amanda Edworthy and colleagues has been featured in Tasmanian Geographic.

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A Forty-spotted pardalote. Photo: Angi Kim

United Nations urged to ensure open plant genomes

Norman Wathmann has called for the United Nations to guarantee free and open access to plant DNA sequences to enable scientists to continue work to sustainably intensify world food production.

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Image Keith Ewing on flickr.com

Scientists unknowingly tweak experiments

A new study has found some scientists are unknowingly tweaking experiments and analysis methods to increase their chances of getting results that are easily published.

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Dr Megan Head in her evolutionary biology lab at the Research School of Biology. Image, Regina Vega-Trejo

Spurring production of a sluggish enzyme for crop yields

“The enzyme Rubisco has baffled scientists for over 50 years, as it is thousands of times less efficient at its job than most other enzymes,” said Dr Spencer Whitney.

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Maxim Kapralov (L) and Spencer Whitney. Image: Charles Tambiah / ARC-CoETP

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