The Victorian Clinical Genetics Services (VCGS), a subsidiary of the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute in Melbourne has signed an agreement with leading genomics company Illumina, to allow VCGS to offer its own Non-Invasive Prenatal Test (NIPT) based on next-generation sequencing technology.

Researchers have developed a potential alternative for needle vaccinations, successfully trialling a method in which people can inhale a vaccine to be safeguarded against potential infections.

Professor Ruth Bishop from the Institute was announced as a finalist in the Senior Australian of the Year award at the Australian of the Year Awards 2015, which were held this week.