Monthly Archives: June 2016

Grant scoring system favours “old and boring” over innovation says ANU scientist

Australia risks losing the next generation of biomedical scientists because the overly-complex peer review process for federal grants favours boring, risk-averse proposals by older, well-established researchers, according to geneticist Gaetan Burgio . He’s also criticised the proliferation of “ghostwritten” grant … Continue reading

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Australian researchers want tougher laws to control China’s use of lab primates

China must introduce stronger animal welfare laws to regulate the ┬ácountry’s increasing use of wild and captive-bred primates in medical research, according to leading biological anthropologists at the Australian National University in Canberra. Professor Colin Groves and Dr Alison Behie … Continue reading

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Roads take high toll on bats through collisions, habitat loss & bad planning

Roads have been linked to high mortality rates for bats, with some areas recording a roadkill rate of around seven bats per kilometre, according to British and German research. The study also estimates around seven hectares of wildlife habitat are … Continue reading

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