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Breast cancer cells turned into fat cells in mice

15 January, 2019

A newly developed combination therapy can force malignant breast cancer cells to turn into fat cells, which can be used to prevent the formation of metastases in mice.

11 new epilepsy genes discovered

13 December, 2018

Epilepsy researchers from around the world examined the DNA of more than 45,000 people and have discovered 11 genes associated with the disorder.

New 'immune brake' targeted for tumour control

10 December, 2018

Researchers have shed light on how some cancers are able to escape our immune system, in a breakthrough that has significant implications for the field of immunotherapy.

Fungal infection's deadly transformation uncovered

30 November, 2018

The fungal infection Candida albicans transforms into a deadly version with hyphae or filaments that help it break through human tissues and into the bloodstream.

$380m ARC funding announced; new National Interest Test will be in plain English

29 November, 2018

Minister for Education Dan Tehan has announced more than $380m in funding for university research projects through the Australian Research Council.

Neuroscientist finds hidden region of the human brain

23 November, 2018

Professor George Paxinos, a world-renowned brain cartographer, has discovered a hidden region of the human brain, located near the brain-spinal cord junction.

Call for more meningococcal vaccinations as cases spike

16 November, 2018

The Australian Academy of Science is urging parents to vaccinate their children against all strains of meningococcal disease.

Australians growing more aware of antibiotic resistance

13 November, 2018

As part of World Antibiotic Awareness Week (12–18 November 2018), NPS MedicineWise has released new research into antibiotic resistance in Australia.

Minor protein changes can dramatically impact the immune system

12 November, 2018

Even minor changes in genetic sequences in HLA molecules can impact dramatically on immune function, according to a study led by Monash BDI.

Bye bye, E. coli — reducing contamination in red meat

16 October, 2018 by Lauren Davis

Food safety researchers from the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture have come together with industry in a joint effort to enhance the quality of Australian red meat.

The pentagon and the broad bean

11 October, 2018

Electron microscopes and computerised image analysis has allowed researchers to uncover the correct structure of a protein essential in the immune system, IgM, and a much smaller protein that is bound inside, AIM.

Synthetic nanoparticles used to treat snakebites

10 October, 2018

US researchers have demonstrated a new approach to treating snakebites, using nanoparticles to bind to venom toxins and prevent the spread of venom through the body.

Precision Nanosystems NanoAssemblr Benchtop for rapid manufacture of nanoparticles

01 October, 2018

The automated NanoAssemblr Benchtop is designed to allow scientists to accelerate the discovery and development of novel nanomedicines from bench to clinic.

Identifying gut microbes linked to mammalian evolution

18 September, 2018

Scientists have made a key advance towards understanding which of the trillions of gut microbes may play important roles in how humans and other mammals evolve.

Immune cells associated with schizophrenia

17 September, 2018

Scientists have identified immune cells in greater amounts in the brains of some people with schizophrenia — a breakthrough that could transform global schizophrenia research.

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