Merlin Crossley

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The ability to edit the genome using new DNA-cutting tools is heralding a new age of genetic engineering, writes Merlin Crossley.

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In a world-first advance, Professor Merlin Crossley and his team have shown that changing just a single letter of the DNA of human red blood cells increases their production of oxygen-carrying haemoglobin.

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Contrary to some claims, scientists are very active in communicating their research to a wide audience in a variety of ways, writes Merlin Crossley.

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Scientists have a responsibility to convince the public and political parties to support curiosity-driven research to help solve the challenges of the future, writes Merlin Crossley.

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New results confirm we are on the right track to understanding how molecules that coat DNA influence the activity of disease genes, writes Merlin Crossley.

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Universities are best served by collecting comments from students on teaching quality and making that feedback as freely available as possible, writes Merlin Crossley.

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The latest anonymously published scientific satire – Duronimus Karlof, Critical Mass – successfully ridicules big science and research politics while demonstrating that sometimes bold ideas deliver, writes Merlin Crossley.

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Genetic mutations that affect our blood cells' haemoglobin are the most common of all mutations. Finding an effective treatment would eliminate the need for lifelong blood transfusions, writes Merlin Crossley.

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The unique scientific features of Fowlers Gap Arid Zone Research Station were showcased, and a new artists' studio opened, during a recent visit by senior staff to the remote UNSW property near Broken Hill.

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One hopes and expects that our governments will listen to the people they have honoured, even when they reveal inconvenient truths, writes Merlin Crossley. 

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