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30 March 2020

World-first tool to improve COVID-19 diagnosis, free & online

Award-winning Sydney start-up DetectED-X has directed its breast cancer diagnosis tool at the coronavirus, drawing on pandemic cases globally with support from healthcare and industry leaders to ramp up COVID-19 detection.
27 March 2020

How to stay fit and active at home during self-isolation

It's easy to get some exercise in your daily routine if you are working from home or are in self-isolation, writes Professor Emmanuel Stamatakis and Associate Professor Kate Edwards.
27 March 2020

COVID-19: the genetic quest to understand the virus

Professor Edward Holmes is at the forefront of the scientific race to understand SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 in humans. This week he has contributed to two important papers, one in Nature, the other in Cell.
25 March 2020

Coronavirus: how to access the medicines you and your family need

Pharmacies provide essential services and will remain open but some people will still have problems accessing medicines. Here's what you can do, writes Associate Professor Nial Wheate and Dr Andrew Bartlett.
24 March 2020

Coronavirus distancing measures are confusing. Here's how to make sense of it

Advice around social distancing can be confusing, but asking yourself these important questions can help you make a decision, writes Professor Julie Leask.
23 March 2020

DNA riddle: how cells access data from 'genetic cotton reels'

Research has revealed the role played by motor protein CHD4 that allows the DNA to remodel when information is needed - and it will help us understand diseases connected to when that process goes wrong.
19 March 2020

Coronavirus research funding announced

Several projects to tackle the novel coronavirus have been announced by the University of Sydney-led NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Emerging Infectious Diseases.
19 March 2020

First map shows global hotspots of glyphosate contamination

Glyphosate, or Roundup, is under scrutiny because of possible impacts on human health and ecosystems. Here Federico Maggi and Alex McBratney present the world's first map detailing contamination hotspots of the controversial herbicide.
17 March 2020

The dos and don'ts of coronavirus self-isolation

People should avoid contact with any person in their household who has tested positive for COVID-19 or is awaiting test results, writes Associate Professor Adam Kamradt-Scott.
16 March 2020

Renowned neurodegeneration expert receives top accolade

Academic shaping the treatment of non-Alzheimer's dementias and Parkinson's disease receives prestigious award.