Research & development

Molecular details of key migraine initiator revealed

14 September, 2018 by

Melbourne researchers have revealed that a key player in the initiation, and pain, of migraines is a neuropeptide called calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP).


Genetically engineered bacteria turn sugar into hydrogen

07 September, 2018 by

Macquarie University scientists have received a $1.1 million grant from ARENA for a project to engineer bacteria that turn sugar into hydrogen.


New tool paves way for more targeted treatments for cancer, DMD

31 August, 2018 by

Researchers have developed a new selection tool that facilitates delivery of smart drugs into cells to battle hard-to-treat diseases such as cancer and Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.


New method helps diagnose cancer with malaria protein

27 August, 2018 by

A new method helps detect early-stage cancer tumour cells in the blood using a malaria protein.


Scientists team up to help the Great Barrier Reef

22 August, 2018 by

Citizen scientists are taking part in Virtual Reef Diver, a project that is helping scientists and reef managers get a better picture of the health of the Great Barrier Reef.


Stomatal development

17 August, 2018 by Mansi Gandhi

Renowned international plant biologist Keiko Torii will present the Annals of Botany Lecture at ComBio2018, a major Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) conference.


Impactful science

13 August, 2018 by Mansi Gandhi

A Nobel prize-winning American cell biologist talks about extracellular vesicles (EVs), exciting developments in the field and the challenges facing scientific publishing. 


Gene study finds humans helped drive golden staph's success

09 August, 2018 by

Humans have been identified as the original hosts for the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus, commonly known as golden staph, according to an international study.


Voyage to an underwater volcano

08 August, 2018 by Lauren Davis

An international team of scientists have returned from a once-in-a-lifetime expedition that took them 400 km north-east of New Zealand.


Lethal viruses hijack cellular defences against cancer

06 August, 2018 by

Australian researchers have identified a new mechanism used by Henipaviruses in infection, and potential new targets for antivirals to treat them.


New stem cell transplantation method for CF

06 August, 2018 by

The fight against cystic fibrosis (CF) has taken a major step forward, with researchers showing that cells causing this genetic disorder could be successfully replaced with healthy ones.


The gene that controls the human heart beat

03 August, 2018 by

Using human pluripotent stem cells, researchers have shown that a gene called NKX2-5 is responsible for regulating heart rhythm and heart muscle cell development.


Plant science discovery could help develop treatments for genetic diseases

30 July, 2018 by

A newly discovered molecular mechanism of gene regulation could help develop treatment strategies for genetic diseases.


Ebola virus allegedly re-emerges in survivor, infects family

25 July, 2018 by

Ebola virus may have re-emerged in a woman a year after she survived an acute infection, potentially leading to the infection of her husband and two of their sons.


Complex pathways control the shape of plant cells

25 July, 2018 by

Professor Daniel Szymanski used the model plant Arabidopsis to analyse how intracellular signalling networks pattern cell walls to generate particular cell shapes and sizes.


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