Dr Krystal joins Dr Shane in the studio. In news, cure for
River Blindness approved by FDA and a discussion on whale
First guest is Dr Sarah Dunstan from the Peter
Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity.
A study into the population and spread of tuberculosis-causing (TB)
bacteria in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, has found that more
than half of cases can be attributed to one particular strain of
the bacteria. A Melbourne-led international collaboration,
sequenced the DNA from bacteria in TB patients Ho Chi Minh
City. The findings concluded that the strain of TB-causing
bacteria known as the Beijing lineage, was responsible for 59 per
cent of infections.
Second (and third) guests are Dr Mark Hulett and Dr Marc
Kvansakul, from La Trobe Institute for Molecular
A team of scientists from Melbourne’s La Trobe University has shown
a protein found in a tobacco plant has the potential to fight
life-threatening infectious diseases. The discovery could lead
to the development of a new class of antibiotics and meet the
challenge of rising antibiotic resistance.
Third guest is Elaine Miles, Climate Data Analyst at
the Bureau of Meteorology Melbourne
Art conservationist and physicist with a PhD in Optics and Art
Conservation, has monitored western style canvas paintings that
were housed in the South East Asia region.