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Researchers are cautiously optimistic about a new treatment for Parkinson’s. Researchers are cautiously optimistic about a new treatment for Parkinson’s. sfam_photo/Shutterstock

First stage trial of new vaccine offers glimmer of hope to Parkinson’s sufferers

Affiris, a biotech company based in Austria, and the Michael J Fox Foundation, have announced the latest results of a vaccine they have been developing to treat Parkinson’s disease. Following the first…
Fighter in the war against AIDS. Fighter in the war against AIDS. Photograph supplied

The important legacy of the ‘man who couldn’t get AIDS’

All scientists have that moment when an idea is initiated or when things come together and a project flourishes. One such moment for me came at a Keystone scientific meeting in South Carolina in 1994…
Scientists worked with Hendra virus at the highest level of biosafety within CSIRO’s Australian Animal Health Laboratory. Scientists worked with Hendra virus at the highest level of biosafety within CSIRO’s Australian Animal Health Laboratory. CSIRO

How we developed the Hendra virus vaccine for horses

Today we are launching Equivac® HeV, the world’s first commercially available Hendra vaccine for horses. This breakthrough is the culmination of a scientific journey that dates back to the emergence of…
Scanning electron micrograph of HIV-1 budding (in green) from cultured lymphocyte. Scanning electron micrograph of HIV-1 budding (in green) from cultured lymphocyte. CDC/ C. Goldsmith, P. Feorino, E. L. Palmer, W. R. McManus

HIV bolts past immune defences despite humble beginnings

Despite three decades of research, an HIV vaccine remains elusive. The main reason for this is the virus’s uncanny ability to evolve resistance to immune control, so understanding how the virus adapts…
Up to one million Africa children die of malaria every year. Up to one million Africa children die of malaria every year. US Army Africa

Genetically modifying parasites to find the best malaria vaccine

The great burden of death and disease caused by the malaria parasite often goes unnoticed in the developed world. But it’s the leading cause of death in children under five years old in many sub-Sahara…
In the developed world, people who regularly inject drugs are most at risk of being infected with hepatitis C. In the developed world, people who regularly inject drugs are most at risk of being infected with hepatitis C. AAP

Repeat offender: the strange comings and goings of hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is a blood-borne virus that infects about 3% of the world’s population. It’s a significant cause of both illness and death due to cirrhosis (advanced liver scarring) and liver cancer. By the…

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