African skeleton throws light on our origins

The DNA of an African skeleton, belonging to a man who lived over 2000 years ago in the southernmost tip of Africa, has thrown light on humanity's earliest common genetic ancestry. Read more »

The complex journey from stem cell to blood cell

An international group of researchers has discovered previously undetected steps in haematopoiesis - the process by which stem cells become blood cells. The team established that a highly complex series of events determines the fate of closely related populations of blood progenitor cells. Read more »

Full Court confirms isolated DNA is patentable in Australia

In a unanimous and significant decision, a five-member bench of the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia has confirmed that a claim covering naturally occurring deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) or ribonucleic acid (RNA), which has been isolated, can be a "manner of manufacture" and therefore a patentable invention. Read more »

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