Want the latest from prominent Western Australian scientists and opinion leaders?

Check out these opinion pieces, covering local and international scientific issues and topics, aiming to facilitate discussion and debate about science in Western Australia.

By Michael Jones, Agricultural Biotechnology at Murdoch University

In a landmark West Australian Supreme Court decision, a farmer growing a genetically modified canola crop has been spared the blame after his neighbour accused him of contaminating his organic farm next door.

By Mike Daube, Professor of Health Policy at Curtin University

One of the most criticised components of the federal budget has been the proposed $7 co-payment for GP visits and some medical tests. But there’s a healthy way the treasurer can have his cake and eat it too.

By Jessica Meeuwig, Professor & Director, Centre for Marine Futures at University of Western Australia

As Western Australia’s Environmental Protection Authority and the federal environment minister Greg Hunt mull the question of whether to let the state government resume its controversial shark cull next summer, it’s worth asking what lessons we gleaned from the original round of culling.

By David Hodgkinson, Associate Professor, Law School at University of Western Australia and Rebecca Johnston, Sessional Lecturer at University of Notre Dame

Warnings about the dangers of climate change are coming from some new and not so new places. Military, security and foreign policy advisors, financial marketeers, the White House – all have recently set out the risks in stark terms.

By Charles Watson, John Curtin Distinguished Professor of Health Science at Curtin University

A team of European researchers has identified a novel compound that stops coronaviruses from replicating. The study, published in PLOS Pathogens today, also pinpoints the juncture in the virus' life cycle when the compound works, suggesting vulnerable stages in virus replication that might be attacked by different antiviral compounds.