Research & development

New brew of beer holds the hops, keeps the flavour

23 March, 2018 by

How would you like to try beer that costs less and has a more consistent flavour? US scientists may have come to your rescue.

Gold-coated nanowires restore visual response in blind mice

09 March, 2018 by

Scientists have restored visual responses in blind mice by transplanting artificial replacements for light-detecting cells into their eyes.

Fighting superbugs with their favourite food

06 March, 2018 by

Adelaide researchers have developed and patented a novel approach to fight superbugs by targeting the bugs' favourite food, iron.

Could Zika virus help battle brain cancer?

05 March, 2018 by

Zika virus could be used for treatment of glioblastoma, according to Brazilian researchers.

Regenerative medicine breakthrough

02 March, 2018 by

Australian and Dutch researchers have moved a step closer towards making human kidneys from stem cells.

3D scaffolds to grow muscle

26 February, 2018 by

Australian biomedical engineers have combined lab-made peptides with natural proteins and polymers to create a 3D 'hydrogel scaffold'.

CRISPR-based DNA detective

20 February, 2018 by

A CRISPR-based genetic detective could lead to fast, reliable medical tests.

Drug shown to reverse alcohol-related brain damage

12 February, 2018 by

Researchers have identified a drug that could reverse the damaging impacts of heavy alcohol consumption on the regeneration of brain cells.

Schrödinger's protein is both a conductor and an insulator

30 January, 2018 by Lauren Davis

US researchers have uncovered the first evidence of a protein that can conduct electricity like a metal — so long as the voltage is high enough.

Buckingham Palace built with Jurassic period microbes

22 January, 2018 by

Buckingham Palace in London, the Pentagon in Virginia and the Empire State Building in New York City have something in common, reveals a new study.

The silent revolution in molecular biology

18 January, 2018 by

Animal feed that's easier to digest. Potatoes that don't go brown. And an improved industrial oil.

Study raises concerns over animal trials

16 January, 2018 by

A recent investigation raises concerns over poor quality, lack of regulation and misrepresentation of animal studies for drug development.

Malaria mystery solved

11 January, 2018 by

An international collaboration, led by Melbourne researchers, has solved a longstanding malaria mystery.

Nucleic acids and immunity

15 December, 2017 by Mansi Gandhi

Dr Michael Gantier, Research Group Head, Nucleic Acids and Innate Immunity at the Hudson Institute in Melbourne, reflects on the latest developments in the field of infection and immunity and his lab's current focus and future plans.

Novel compound may restore immune response in melanoma patients

11 December, 2017 by

A novel compound may restore immune response in patients with melanoma, according to a study presented at the ESMO Immuno Oncology Congress 2017 held in Geneva, Switzerland.

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