Research & development > Life sciences

Metabolic reprogramming in cancer

20 February, 2019 by Mansi Gandhi

Metabolomics, a study of small molecules — or metabolites — within organisms, cells and tissues, is an important and rapidly growing branch of 'omics'.


'Cellular barcoding' pinpoints cells responsible for spread of cancer

18 February, 2019

Researchers have used a technique called cellular barcoding to tag, track and pinpoint cells responsible for the spread of breast cancer from the main tumour into the blood and other organs.


Research, industry collaborations increase by 64%

01 February, 2019

The relationship between researchers and industry has strengthened, according to the latest National Survey of Research Commercialisation.


Rare genetic brain disorder identified

25 January, 2019

An international team of researchers, led by MCRI, have identified a rare genetic brain disorder.


How hagfish choke their enemies with slime

23 January, 2019

The eel-like hagfish has survived on Earth for at least 300 million years, thanks to its ability to fend off predators by producing and choking them with slime.


Vampire bats could hold key to new treatments; criminal activity hampers research

21 January, 2019

Vampire bats could hold the key to new treatments for a range of serious medical problems, but researchers have hit a snag accessing the specimens needed to advance their work.


Aus–Norway partnership to create rapid-response vaccines

17 January, 2019

The University of Queensland and CEPI have signed a partnership to develop a technology that enables targeted and rapid vaccine production against multiple viral pathogens.


Eavesdropping viruses re-engineered to attack diseases

21 December, 2018 by Liz Fuller-Wright

Researchers have identified a virus — VP882 — that can listen in on bacterial conversations and can be re-engineered to attack diseases.


Key melanoma protein identified

21 December, 2018

Scientists from the Centenary Institute, in collaboration with 11 other Australian research institutions, have identified protein RAB27A as a key driver of melanoma metastasis.


Parkinson's discovery could lead to new therapies

21 December, 2018

Researchers from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI) have discovered how a protein linked to Parkinson's disease may protect cells such as neurons in the brain.


TRIM21 and antibody immunity

12 December, 2018

Dr Leo James is presenting at the the 44th Lorne Conference on Protein Structure and Function, where he'll introduce TRIM21 and explain why it is important.  


Researchers discover a new disease and its genetic cause

10 December, 2018

Researchers have discovered a new human disease and the gene responsible for it.


Protein engineering in focus at Lorne Proteins

04 December, 2018

2018 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry Professor Frances Arnold will deliver a special evening lecture on protein engineering at the 44th Lorne Conference on Protein Structure and Function.


Zapping tumours in less than a second

03 December, 2018

Two potential treatments — one using X-rays, the other using protons — aim to reduce the side effects of radiation therapy by vastly shrinking the length of a typical session.


Doctors swallow Lego for science

29 November, 2018

"My child swallowed a piece of Lego, how long will it take to exit?" Six fearless Australian paediatricians recently ingested Lego heads in order to answer this burning question.


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