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Unnatural selection

Genetic science has presented us with one of the most complex ethical dilemmas of our time: what kinds of people should be born. Discussion hinges largely on a technology known...

Science refines the breath of life

Helping premature babies survive is a fraught process that can cause harm even as it preserves life. But the finetuning of resuscitation techniques is making a difference.In developed countries, babies...

Life-saving aid for the midwife’s kit

A new approach for controlling haemorrhaging during childbirth could save the lives of thousands of mothers in developing countries.Death during childbirth as a consequence of unchecked postpartum haemorrhage is still...

Self-mending fish guides spinal injury research

The spinal blueprint of a tiny tropical fish may offer new ways to treat spinal cord injuries.As a young physiotherapist in the 1990s helping people, often her own age, grapple...

Voices from our time

Monash University’s Professor Alistair Thomson envisages instances in the distant future when historians studying our time will immerse themselves in a unique collection of recorded interviews with Australians born between...