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Image of a mini-kidney formed in a dish from human induced pluripotent stem cells. Minoru Takasato

Kidney failing? Grow a new one

The ability to grow new kidneys from stem cells might transform our treatment for kidney disease.
Brian Loughnane has been campaign director for the federal Coalition in four elections. Alan Porritt/AAP

Loughnane bows out from Liberal director post

Tony Nutt, former close advisor to John Howard, is set to become the new federal director of the Liberal Party after Brian Loughnane confirmed on Thursday that he will soon leave the job.
As communications minister, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull stated that real innovation in digital media was within the ABC’s charter. Tracey Nearmy/AAP

Sarah Ferguson: will Malcolm Turnbull curb or befriend the ABC?

Former prime ministers Julia Gillard, Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott have in common highly negative views about the media, according to ABC journalist Sarah Ferguson.
The decision is a win for 69-year-old Queensland breast cancer survivor Yvonne D'Arcy. Dan Peled/AAP

High Court rules breast cancer gene cannot be patented

Australia's highest court has ruled a gene mutation linked to cancer cannot be patented, ending a long battle over whether companies can own the rights to genetic material.
Is everything written by an Australian automatically “Australian writing”? Mark Wassell/Flickr

True Blue? Crime fiction and Australia

Michael Robotham is the second Australian writer to win the Golden Dagger, but is his book Australian? And does it matter?
New data shows many Australians aren’t seeing their doctors because it costs too much. from shutterstock.com

Cost of doctor visits putting off rural Australians: report

In some parts of Australia, patients are twice to three times more likely to avoid seeing their GP because they can't afford it, according to figures released today.
Treasurer Scott Morrison flagged he will leave to colleagues the international meetings he would normally attend to focus on being “a home treasurer”. Paul Miller/AAP

Our problem is spending, not revenue, says Treasurer Morrison

New Treasurer Scott Morrison has declared the budget has a spending problem not a revenue one and said tax reform must help people "work, save and invest" - the government's new slogan.
Warren Truss and Barnaby Joyce speak to the media during a press conference at Parliament House. Lukas Coch/AAP

Nationals extract their pound of flesh from Turnbull

The Nationals, who have previously been suspicious of Malcolm Turnbull, have used the negotiation of a fresh Coalition agreement with the new prime minister to extract a range of concessions.