Story of search for Huntington’s cure wins science writing prize

Australian author and journalist Christine Kenneally has won The Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing for her article The Past May Not Make You Feel Better, about the search for a cure for Huntington’s disease.

President of the Business Council of Australia, Catherine Livingstone, announced the winner of the $7000 prize at a ceremony on October 27th hosted by UNSW Press and the UNSW Faculty of Science.

Runners-up prizes of $1500 each were also awarded to author Idan Ben-Barak for Why Aren’t we Dead Yet?, about the immune system; and to The Weekend Australian Magazine journalist Trent Dalton for Beating the Odds, about an artificial pump that can replace a living heart.

The winning works appear in The Best Australian Science Writing 2015, the fifth in an acclaimed series of anthologies published by NewSouth Books, which contain short, non-fiction pieces of writing about science for a general audience.

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