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The Colvera Team has developed a clinically validated blood test that sensitively and accurately detects cancer DNA in the blood plasma of colorectal cancer patients. This presents a new opportunity for oncologists to improve treatment regimens through earlier disease detection that may in turn lead to increased patient survival. The new test was created in collaboration with Flinders University and US biopharmaceutical Clinical Genomics Pty Ltd.
Image credit: Australian MuseumWatch: An explanation of the Colvera blood test
The CSIRO Marine Debris Team applied integrated research to identify the sources and distribution of marine debris at a national scale around Australia's coastline. By combining field data and laboratory analyses with oceanographic and ecological modelling, the team translated scientific information into effective policy and behavioural change.Watch: Tackling the marine pollution pandemic
Dr Lisa Harvey-Smith is a black hole hunter and a dynamic communicator. Bringing astronomy and its real-world impacts to life, in 2016 she won the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science Eureka Prize for Promoting Understanding of Australian Science Research. It is the strong engagement that Dr Harvey-Smith fosters with schools, institutions and her public audience, particularly girls and indigenous students, which sets her outreach apart.Watch: Dr Lisa Harvey-Smith - WINNER 2016 Eureka Prize for Promoting Understanding of Australian Science Research