Research & development > Life sciences

New stem cell transplantation method for CF

06 August, 2018

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.

Lethal viruses hijack cellular defences against cancer

06 August, 2018

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

The gene that controls the human heart beat

03 August, 2018

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.

New medication being trialled to treat ice addiction

19 July, 2018

The N-ICE Trial will see researchers investigate whether N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) can reduce cravings for crystal methamphetamine, or 'ice'.

Protein complex that shapes T cells' destiny identified

09 July, 2018

Scientists at a US-based hospital have identified the mechanism that determines how T cells specialise their development.

3D-printed human corneas

09 July, 2018

Scientists at Newcastle University, UK, have 3D-printed the first human corneas.

Honeybees get stressed too

06 July, 2018

If you thought stress was a solely human trait, you thought wrong.

Award-winning technology enhances advanced radiation therapy

02 July, 2018

A new hybrid technique enhances the effectiveness of a special form of radiation therapy for cancer treatment.

Gene transfer rules written in DNA

20 June, 2018

Bacteria's ability to transfer genes, like those associated with antibiotic resistance, is governed by a previously unknown set of rules that are written in the DNA of the recipient.

Structure of protein pair could guide drug development

08 June, 2018

Researchers have visualised how the protein SOCS1 'switches off' cell signalling to dampen immune responses and block cancer growth.

Nanoscale biophotonics coming to Griffith Uni

01 June, 2018

Griffith University, the latest collaborating partner of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP), will host a CNBP research node at its Gold Coast campus.

Rapid, non-invasive Zika detection tool

29 May, 2018

Researchers from Australia, Brazil and the US have developed a fast and effective tool to detect Zika virus.

UniSA's $247m Cancer Research Institute opens

11 May, 2018

The University of South Australia's (UniSA) $247 million Cancer Research Institute has opened.

The road to reproducible research

17 April, 2018 by Mansi Gandhi

The reproducibility problem has plagued biomedical science for decades, but it came into the limelight in 2012 when Amgen scientists reported that they couldn't reproduce 47 out of 53 'landmark' publications.

Blackrock CerePlex Exilis wireless digital head stage for small animals

17 April, 2018

CerePlex Exilis from Blackrock Microsystems is a lightweight, wireless digital head stage that provides a platform for freely behaving small animal models in neuroscience research. It offers high-quality neural data via wireless transmission while keeping an ultralow weight and size, enabling many novel research paradigms.

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