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Detecting fake wine vintages: It's an (atomic) blast


Two decades of atomic bomb testing in the atmosphere are yielding an unexpected bonus for consumers, scientists reported here at the 239th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS). It's a new test to determine whether that Bordeaux or burgundy is from a fine vintage year and ...


Agilent Technologies Announces Strategic Partnership with Pacific Laboratory Products in Australia


Agilent Technologies Inc. announced the strategic partnership with Pacific Laboratory Products in Australia to provide best-in-class technical support and efficient delivery for the entire range of Agilent Chromatography Columns and Supplies products. “We have long established partnership with ...


Top Pharmaceutical and Biotech companies face slow down in sales growth over 2008–14


Top pharmaceutical and biotech companies face a major slow down in sales growth over 2008–14 according to a new report by independent business analyst Datamonitor. The report title “Pharmaceutical Company Outlook to 2014” considers the forecast performance of the world’s biggest pharmaceutical ...


Genera Biosystems receives TGA approval for its PapType HPV detection and genotyping test


Genera Biosystems announced that the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has approved the entry of the company’s PapType Human Papillomavirus (HPV) test kit onto the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG). The company is now permitted to supply PapType to Australian ...


A potential new imaging agent for early diagnosis of most serious skin cancer


Scientists in Australia are reporting development and testing in laboratory animals of a potential new material for diagnosing malignant melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer. Their study is scheduled for ACS' Journal of the Medicinal Chemistry. Ivan Greguric and colleagues working ...


Grace Opens Office in Southern Australia


W. R. Grace & Co. is celebrating the official opening of its new facility in Rowville, Australia. The site operates as part of Grace Davison Discovery Sciences, bringing together the customer service and warehousing functions previously located in Baulkham Hills, New South Wales, and the sales ...


Fluorotechnics appoints European biotech veteran Lars Utterman as non-executive director


Fluorotechnics Limited has appointed Lars Utterman as a non-executive director. Mr Utterman has over 30 years sales and general management experience with biotechnology companies. Currently, he is CEO of German-based IonGate Biosciences, a company specialising in developing systems for ...


Mapping the crocodile genome


The first ever genetic linkage map for a non-avian member of the Class Reptilia has been developed. Researchers writing in BMC Genomics have constructed a first-generation genetic linkage map for the saltwater crocodile Crocodylus porosus. Dr Lee Miles, from the University of Sydney, worked with ...


Scientists 'rebuild' giant moa using ancient DNA

Scientists have performed the first DNA-based reconstruction of the giant extinct moa bird, using prehistoric feathers recovered from caves and rock shelters in New Zealand


Researchers from the University of Adelaide and Landcare Research in New Zealand have identified four different moa species after retrieving ancient DNA from moa feathers believed to be at least 2500 years old. The giant birds – measuring up to 2.5 metres and weighing 250 kilograms – were the ...


Fluorotechnics appoints James Walker CEO

Duncan Veal appointed to key role of chief technology officer


Fluorotechnics Limited has appointed James Walker as its new chief executive officer. The appointment is effective immediately and has been made to coincide with the company’s shift to major sales growth. Dr Duncan Veal will step down as CEO and as a director to take over the role of chief ...


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