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No single ‘gay gene’, reveals the largest-ever study of the genetics of same-sex sexual behaviour

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ABC news, 30/08/2019 Scientists have again debunked the idea of a single “gay gene”, in the largest study to date of the genetics of same-sex sexual behaviour. Rather, their findings paint a diverse and complex picture of human sexuality, and the genetic factors that influence it. Nearly half a million people took part in the study, mostly from the United Kingdom and the United...

STIs in remote Australia

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ABC Health Report, Monday 18 March 2019 5:45 PM Leading Aboriginal researcher Associate Professor James Ward* is calling for action in remote Australia to deal with a preventable epidemic of sexually transmissible infections — including syphilis — in a population that’s no more sexually active than non-Indigenous people of the same age.   He joined Dr Norman Swan’s Health Report on ABC RN...

‘Patient zero’ Gaëtan Dugas not source of HIV outbreak, study confirms

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Guardian, 27 Oct 2017 Scientists have managed to reconstruct the route by which HIV arrived in the US – exonerating once and for all the man long blamed for the ensuing pandemic in the west. Using sophisticated genetic techniques, an international team of researchers have revealed that the virus emerged from a pre-existing epidemic in the Caribbean, arrived in New York by the early 1970s and then...

Update on male contraceptive development

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It Takes Two: How Men Fit into Expanding the Family Planning Method Mix Contraceptive Technology Innovation (CTI) Exchange,  July 5, 2016 9:22 am The terms “family planning” and “birth control” are synonymous with women’s health and associated with the struggle for equal rights and women’s liberation.  And while the advent of the pill and subsequent advances in contraceptive technology have had...

Gene sequencing offers way to beat global spread of gonorrhoea

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Oxford University, 12 July 2016 With drug-resistant strains of sexually-transmitted infection gonorrhoea increasing, scientists from Brighton, Oxford University and Public Health England have found that genetic sequencing can track the spread of infection. They show coordinated national and international strategies are required to stop drug-resistance spreading further. Their study, funded by the...

Science & Health Scabies Research Breakthrough Will Help Remote Indigenous Australian Communities

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Gizmodo, 15/2/16 Australian researchers have used cutting-edge genome technologies to reveal the genetic makeup of a widespread skin parasite causing serious health problems in Aboriginal communities. The research team identified the genetic ‘map’ of the human parasitic scabies mite, accelerating research that could lead to new ways of preventing and treating scabies infestations and prevent...

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