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Tests find traditional medicines contain pharmaceuticals, heavy metals and endangered animals

December 10th, 2015

Credit: TrEnD laboratory, Curtin University

A collaborative study has found high rates of adulteration, substitution and mislabelling of traditional Chinese medicines (TCM), with the undeclared ingredients rendering many of the tested samples either illegal or potentially hazardous to consumers.

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Why making airport food less palatable may benefit passengers

December 11th, 2013

Research scientists from Murdoch University are tackling the dangerous problem of aircraft ‘bird strikes’ with a new, leading-edge DNA-based technique.

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Illegal ingredients found in traditional Chinese medicines

April 13th, 2012

For the first time, researchers at Murdoch University have used new DNA sequencing technology to reveal the animal and plant composition of traditional Chinese medicines (TCM) – with worrying results.

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