[ASC-media] Reversing shoulder joints; growing weeds; and insulin that doesn't need a fridge

Niall Byrne niall at scienceinpublic.com.au
Tue Jun 15 06:03:02 CEST 2010

Dear ASCers,

Here's three more discoveries from early career scientists. All are good talent having survived the Fresh Science boot camp.

*         Joint reversal eases arthritis - David Ackland from The University of Melbourne

*         Add fertiliser to fight weeds - Jennifer Firn from the CSIRO

*         Insulin that doesn't need a fridge or a needle? -Bianca Van Lierop from Monash University

*         And coming out tomorrow - using high tech cling film to capture carbon dioxide in Victoria's brown coal power stations.

Here's a summary of their discoveries. Full media releases at www.freshscience.org<http://www.freshscience.org>

Joint reversal

A shoulder-joint implant, with the ball and socket on the opposite bones from nature, can significantly improve the quality of life of patients with severe arthritis and tendon tears, says medical engineer David Ackland from the University of Melbourne.

In a search for a more effective replacement joint, David and his colleagues looked at the counterintuitive 'reverse' implant, which was designed and manufactured in the US by Zimmer, Inc. Their tests on the Zimmer implant showed that it stabilises the joint and increases the range of movement of arthritic shoulders.

*         Read the full media release at www.freshscience.org<http://www.freshscience.org> or call David Ackland on 0407 823 190

Fertilising weeds

Feeding weeds fertiliser sounds like exactly the wrong thing, if you want to get rid of them, but Jennifer Firn of CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems has been doing just that-to control African lovegrass, an invasive species of rangelands in every Australian state.

Her method works by making the weed tastier to grazing animals. It illustrates that we need to be smarter in dealing with weeds, not just reaching for the Round Up, Jennifer says.

*         Read the full media release at www.freshscience.org<http://www.freshscience.org>. For interviews, contact Jennifer Firn on 0403 802 525

Changing insulin

A young Monash University chemist and her colleagues have successfully strengthened insulin's chemical structure without affecting its activity. Their new insulin won't require refrigeration.

They have just filed a series of patents with the support of their long term commercial partner ASX-listed Circadian Technologies who are now negotiating with pharma companies to start the long process of getting the invention out of the laboratory and into the homes of people with diabetes.

*         Read the full media release at www.freshscience.org<http://www.freshscience.org>. For interviews, contact Bianca Van Lierop on 0401 514 764

David, Jennifer and Bianca presented their work for the first time in public last week at Fresh Science - a national science communication boot camp based at the Melbourne Museum.

They are three of the 16 winners from across Australia. For Fresh Science, contact Sarah Brooker on 0413 332 489 or Niall Byrne on 0417 131 977 or niall at freshscience.org<mailto:niall at freshscience.org>.

Carbon dioxide sieved out by cling wrap - out on Wednesday 16 June

Colin Scholes has discovered high tech cling wraps that 'sieve out' carbon dioxide from waste gases.

Kind regards,


Niall Byrne

Science in Public
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niall at scienceinpublic.com.au<mailto:niall at scienceinpublic.com.au>

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