Australian researcher leading global campaign on Big Food

This feature story was first published in print and online by Australian Doctor on the 20th May 2016. *** “We revile this notion of a nanny state, but we accept this ‘big business’ state that actually does incredible harm,” says Professor Bruce Neal “Everyone thinks they’re free-moving individuals making these highly informed […]

Epigenetics: Beyond the hardwiring

The Human Genome Project was supposed to unravel all the mysteries of human development and disease. But researchers but only found around 23,000 genes rather than the 100,000 they expected. Only in the last ten years has it become apparent how influential epigenetic modifications are on the specialisation of the human body and particularly the brain. And diseases such as cancer might be turned on and off with an epigenetic switch.

The Hunger Games: How do we fight food insecurity?

“Yeast vats, fungal mats and algae ponds” was Isaac Asimov’s prediction for addressing food insecurity in the future. Is this what we have to look forward to, or can improve our efficiency of food production and consumption in our fields and supermarkets?

The army within: taming the gut microbiome

Gut microbes may well know us better than we know ourselves, but it’s best to keep them onside. Some experts liken them an unknown organ of the human body , that can influence our metabolic, immune and mental health.

Why we bother to get along

Sometimes it’s tempting to take a little bit extra from the buffet, or cheat your taxes, especially if the victim is a faceless and victimless society. But Professor Simon Gaechter has been studying what makes people cooperate with and how these motivations differ around the world.