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The first shots of the HPV vaccine

Ian Frazer, the discoverer, is doing a bit of a whirlwind tour today for the cameras – vaccinating some girls and young women in both Brisbane and Sydney on the first day that Gardasil is approved for use in Australia.

As yet there’s no government subsidy for the vaccine (which protects against the virus that causes the main form of cervical cancer), so the full course of three shots costs over A$400. There’s nonetheless no shortage of takers, and a growing number of men interested in the vaccination as well so they can be confident of not infecting their partners.

Skepticism and Autism

The 31st Skeptics’ Circle is up at Terra Sigillata. Biotech, alternative medicine, climatology, religion and more. My favourite post is by Dick about his personal experiences with The Fleecing of the Autism Community. “These frauds sell crap, preying on the… Read More ›

Owie owie ow

I’m awake at 5:45am because of two consequences of following the unwritten law of Sydney: thou shalt spend Australia Day beside the harbour. The corollary laws? First the schedule confusion law: thou shalt forget to put thy bins out when… Read More ›