Severe immune system problems seen in the “bubble boy” syndrome can be targeted with gene therapy – but there are risks.
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As we enter an era where once incurable diseases become curable, be prepared for some challenging debates about how to pay for gene therapy and the value of a human life.
Women played a role as both readers and authors in the history of science writing.
The early days of science writing were largely confined to men, with women treated to texts labelled "for the ladies". Things have changed, but more needs to be done.
A number of initiatives for Australian women in STEM got off the ground in 2018.
The Athena Swan charter commits research institutions to create a gender inclusive workplace, through taking action and being held accountable. 15 Australian institutions are now bronze awardees.
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Scientific ideas can get lost in forests of words that lack structure and overuse complex language. Just like Sleeping Beauty, they need rescuing.
The Conversation publishes analysis and stories written by academics with a current university affiliation.
If you already write for The Conversation, thank you! But less than 30% of story pitches to our Science and Technology section come from women.
Academic writing is so different from the spoken word.
Never underestimate a person with dyslexia - the skills and strategies they've developed to survive academia can be the right fit for effective communication.
Everyone loves a story about giant sharks.
Five The Conversation authors were selected to feature in a compilation of the best Australian science writing in 2017, and one has won the Bragg UNSW Press Prize.
ZZZZZZ…even the smartest scientists struggle to follow very dense science writing.
Science papers are supposed to be communication tools - and yet hardly anyone can understand them, even other scientists.
The beautiful Chinese cave gecko, or Goniurosaurus luii, is highly prized by poachers.
Biologists have a centuries-old tradition of publishing on rare and endangered species. But poachers are using open-access information to target valuable and fragile new species.
GIFs can help show the effects of climate change.
The use of “GIFs” has exploded in recent years. They are used for news, views and entertainment but are most commonly seen as a light-hearted medium. Now scientists are beginning to see how GIFs can be…
Thanks, we don’t want to know what you have to say.
Popular Science has announced that it will be closing online comments on its news stories. Uncivil commenters have an overly negative effect on readers, it claims, with a small number of negative commenters…