Research & development > Life sciences

Australia and Sri Lanka partner for kidney research

20 November, 2017

Australian and Sri Lankan medical researchers have forged a new action plan to investigate the causes of a particular form of chronic kidney disease.

Scientists grow genetically modified skin using stem cells

09 November, 2017

Scientists have reconstructed a fully functional epidermis, covering approximately 80% of the total body surface area, for a seven-year-old patient with a genetic skin disease called Junctional Epidermolysis Bullosa (JEB).

Antibiotic-resistant staph infections occurring more in Australian communities, not hospitals

31 October, 2017

Research led by ANU has found that the proportion of 'staph' infections resistant to antibiotics has increased in Australia since 2000, with most cases now occurring in the community rather than in hospitals.

MSD and UniQuest to jointly develop immuno-oncology therapies

30 October, 2017

Global healthcare company MSD and the University of Queensland's commercialisation company, UniQuest, have partnered to develop a platform for new immuno-oncology therapies.

3D map of molecular scaffold SgK223 to help develop new cancer treatments

30 October, 2017

Melbourne researchers have produced a three-dimensional (3D) map of a molecular 'scaffold' called SgK223, known to play a critical role in the development and spread of aggressive breast, colon and pancreatic cancers.

Study debunks understanding of young proteins

23 October, 2017 by Mari N. Jensen , UA College of Science

A yeast protein that evolved from scratch can fold into a three-dimensional shape, contrary to the general understanding of young proteins, according to new research led by the University of Arizona.

Slip, slop, slap — and avoid midnight snacks

20 October, 2017 by Lauren Davis

We bet you never thought your mealtimes could affect the biological clock of your skin — or its ability to protect itself from the sun's rays.

Lead poisoning is the top risk factor for pre-eclampsia, says study

05 October, 2017

Griffith University researchers have found that lead poisoning is a major risk factor for pre-eclampsia, a disease which kills over 75,000 women internationally each year and is responsible for 9% of all foetal deaths.

Alternative splicing changes may trigger cancer

25 September, 2017

Researchers at Sanford Burnham Prebys have shown that alterations in alternative splicing may trigger cancer.

Deakin University and Chinese biotech company set up lab to develop cancer-detecting blood test

22 September, 2017

Deakin University and Chinese biotech company Suzhou GenePharma have partnered to develop a blood test that can detect fatal diseases like pancreatic or lung cancer.

3D bone tissue developed

15 September, 2017

Researchers have grown three-dimensional samples of mineralised bone from human mesenchymal stem cells without typical osteoinductive media.

Triggering pigmentation to prevent melanoma

11 September, 2017 by Adam Florance

Scientists may not be able to stop fair-skinned redheads from getting sunburnt but they are a step closer to reducing their likelihood of certain types of skin cancer. Researchers from Boston and Edinburgh have found that triggering skin pigmentation in the laboratory can prevent mice from developing melanoma.

Fighting Nipah virus

07 September, 2017

An international team of researchers from Australia, the UK, Malaysia and India are developing a prototype vaccine to minimise the impact of Nipah virus (NiV) on the pig industry.

Switching off immune cells to fight allergies

07 September, 2017

Queensland researchers are a step closer to developing new medicines for treating inflammatory diseases, including allergies such as rhinitis, itchy hives, asthma, eczema and dermatitis.

NZ researchers make natural killer cell discovery

04 September, 2017

New Zealand researchers have discovered an unexpected role for a white blood cell called the natural killer (NK) cell — a critical cell for ridding the body of infection and cancer.

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