Research & development

Tiny implantable 'seeds' of tissue produce fully functional livers

24 July, 2017 by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office 

In an effort to ease the shortage of livers, US researchers have developed a new way to engineer liver tissue by organising tiny subunits that contain three types of cells embedded into a biodegradable tissue scaffold.


Cucumbers in space

24 July, 2017 by

Japanese scientists have grown cucumbers in space flight.


Complex immune system changes observed after traumatic injury

24 July, 2017 by

Within the first hour after experiencing a traumatic injury, a person's immune system undergoes a series of complex, dynamic changes, reveals a new study.


Ebola-fighting super cell discovered

18 July, 2017 by

Australian and American researchers have discovered a super cell that may have the potential to help contain the Ebola virus.


Mother's epigenetic memory essential for embryo development and survival

14 July, 2017 by

It has long been debated if epigenetic modifications accumulated throughout the entire life can cross the border of generations and be inherited by children or even grandchildren.


Gut flora an early marker for heart failure?

14 July, 2017 by

In the gut of patients with heart failure, important groups of bacteria are found less frequently and the gut flora is not as diverse as in healthy individuals.


Gonorrhoea resistance on the rise; new drugs needed

07 July, 2017 by

Each year around 78 million people are infected with gonorrhoea, a common sexually transmitted infection.


Personalised vaccine prompts strong anti-tumour response in patients

06 July, 2017 by

A personal cancer treatment vaccine that targets distinctive 'neoantigens' on tumour cells has been shown to stimulate a potent, safe and highly specific immune anti-tumour response in melanoma patients, reported scientists from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.


Australian-Canadian partnership for medical cannabis

04 July, 2017 by

LeafCann Group, a Melbourne-based medical cannabis producer, has formed a joint venture with Canadian developer of medical cannabis delivery systems and devices Resolve Digital Health.


Skin cancer costs 30 times more to treat than prevent

03 July, 2017 by

Despite being largely preventable, skin cancer costs Victoria's public hospitals more than $50 million a year, new research from Deakin University and Cancer Council Victoria has found.


Aus cancer vaccine closer to human trials

30 June, 2017 by

Radvax, a cancer treatment vaccine, being developed by South Australian company Vaxine, is closer to human trials.


Cancer cells may streamline their genomes to replicate faster

26 June, 2017 by

A recent study, conducted in both human and mouse cells, has revealed that cancer cells might streamline their genomes in order to proliferate more easily.


New approach examines how medicines act on cells

19 June, 2017 by

Australian researchers have developed a new approach to monitor how medicines interact with and modify the activity of living cells.


New initiatives to prevent pests

07 June, 2017 by

The NSW Government will continue its involvement in collaborative invasive species research and innovation under the new Centre for Invasive Species Solutions, while the Plant Biosecurity CRC is celebrating a win for its Pestpoint software at Collaborate | Innovate 2017.


Staying clinically competitive

05 June, 2017 by Mansi Gandhi

Cost-competitiveness, high-quality data and fast study start-up times are some of the key factors that make Australia an attractive market for clinical trials. But as other countries strive to improve their clinical competitiveness, can Australia hold a dominant position?


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