Life Started 300 million years earlier than we thought, in Australia

Researchers have found evidence of ancient microorganisms that lived in what is now Western Australia at least 4.1 billion years ago. If confirmed, the discovery suggests that life originated on Earth 300 million years earlier than previously thought.

Private Rover to the Moon

SpaceIL, a privately owned Space Exploration team from Israel announced this week they were the first team to secure a launch contract to send their own private rover to the moon. The US$30 million contract is a prize for winning the Google Lunar XPRIZE competition. The first private lunar mission in the world will be on launched from a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket by Spaceflight Industries and is scheduled for the second half of 2017.

Yvonne D’Arcy celebrates High Court win. You can’t patent a gene.

Myriad Genetics had argued it held the patent over the BRCA-1 and BRCA-2 genes which, if present, dramatically increase a woman’s chance of developing breast and ovarian cancer.

But Yvonne D’Arcy, 69, argued the genes existed in nature, so were discovered rather than invented.

The company succeeded twice in the Federal Court, but the High Court today overturned those decisions as it ruled unanimously in Ms D’Arcy’s favour.

via Brisbane grandmother Yvonne D’Arcy celebrates High Court victory in battle over BRCA-1 cancer gene patent – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).