Visions has featured some remarkable athletes and inspired artists in the past few weeks, but Episode 14 turns the spotlight back on research. The lead story looks at the discovery of the gene for wood strength, while the second half of the episode looks at a School of Nursing trial using a sweet solution to ease pain for seriously ill newborn babies.
Australia's forest and wood product industry has an $18 billion turnover each year which depends on high quality timber, with strength a prime element. In a boost for the industry, Australian researchers have discovered a gene for wood strength in Eucalyptus trees. The discovery means that saplings which have the gene can now be selected and grown on for higher quality timber. The discovery will help forest growers develop diagnostics for assessing which seedlings will produce higher quality timber.
For more information, go to http://www.forestscience.unimelb.edu.au/people/staff/gerd_bossinger/index.html or http://uninews.unimelb.edu.au/unarticleid_4647.html.
Sweet Solution to Pain Relief:
Research by the University of Melbourne and the Royal Children's Hospital has found a sweet solution to relieving the pain of babies during minor procedures such as blood tests.