Lab+Life Scientist Jun 2015

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Contents 6 ANTIMICROBIAL DRUG RESISTANCE AND CORRUPTION

There is a higher correlation between government corruption and antimicrobial drug resistance than there is between the incidence of drug usage and other commonly assumed factors.

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18 THE TRIBULATIONS OF CLINICAL TRIALS Targeted treatments based on whole genome sequencing and the time taken for conventional trials in the face of emergencies are presenting new challenges to clinical trial designers.

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26 ENCOURAGING INNOVATION IN AUSTRALIA’S LIFE SCIENCES AND BIOTECHNOLOGY INDUSTRIES

40 ARE YOU TWEAKING YOUR EXPERIMENTS? Australian researchers have stated that some scientists are unknowingly tweaking experiments and analysis methods in order to increase their chances of obtaining easily publishable results.

44 NO NEED FOR BAD REACTIONS WHEN GLOVING UP Occasionally wearing glove products can cause issues with the health of our skin.

52 MYTHBUSTING WITH MICROFOSSILS There’s no doubt that fossils provide an important window into the past, but just how much do we know about these traces of ancient life?

For those in the business of innovating, ensuring sufficient funding is available has always been a concern.

36 EXPLODING GIANT MICROBES ANYONE? The Australian Society for Microbiology’s 43rd Annual Scientific Meeting and Trade Exhibition preview.

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Cover image courtesy of Nikon Small World. Dr. Philipp Keller Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Ashburn, Virginia, USA Live zebrafish embryo at 22 hours post-fertilization SiMView Light-Sheet Microscopy

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