Research & development > Life sciences

Zika vaccine clinical trial launched

13 April, 2017

Themis Bioscience, an Austrian biotech company developing prophylactic vaccines against emerging tropical infectious diseases, is testing a vaccine for the Zika virus.


How climate helped shape the human nose

17 March, 2017

Have you ever wondered why the size and shape of the nose tends to vary between different human populations?


Driven to drink: how climate change is changing koala behaviour

13 March, 2017 by Lauren Davis

Researchers at the University of Sydney have made a remarkable and somewhat concerning discovery: Australia's koalas are getting thirsty, and it's likely a result of climate change.


Baleen whales have always been good listeners

13 February, 2017

Victorians scientists have discovered the point at which baleen whales acquired the ability to make and hear the lowest frequency sounds of any mammal, which they use to send whale songs across tens and even hundreds of kilometres.


Blasting cancer cells with plasma

09 December, 2016

Scientists have discovered that cool jets of plasma stimulate cells in the bodies of mice, helping to close wounds or kill tumours.


Hydrogen-eating bacteria and the truth about baleen whales

01 December, 2016

Researchers from Monash University have wasted no time getting into the spirit of summer, releasing two separate stories with a distinctly sea-flavoured theme to them.


Special delivery — a boron carrier for targeted tumour therapy

19 August, 2016

Japanese researchers have developed a boron carrier for use in targeted radiation treatment for cancerous tumours. The carrier is based on a common blood plasma protein, meaning it can be tailored to individual patients and lessens the chances of blood contamination.


Is there life on Mars? Meteorites may be destroying the evidence

11 August, 2016

As the search to find signs of life on Mars continues, researchers have suggested that a good place to find organic compounds native to the planet would be deep underground — from rocks that have been blasted to the surface by meteorite impacts.


Phenosys rodent virtual reality systems

08 August, 2016

Virtual reality systems by Phenosys enable rats and mice to enter a virtual reality world. The platforms offer a revolutionary concept for research on animal learning, memory, cognition and navigation.


Artificial sweeteners make you hungrier

13 July, 2016 by Adam Florance

As well as promoting hyperactivity and insomnia, a new study has found that artificial sweeteners actually increase feelings of hunger, leading to higher calorific intake.


Is there a connection between dance music and cravings?

01 July, 2016

Neuroscientists at The University of Melbourne are recruiting electronic music fans for a study exploring the connection between cravings and the 'risky' sounds of dance music.


A triple threat against viral diseases

12 May, 2016

Researchers have identified a new macromolecule that could help prevent deadly virus infections with a triple-play mechanism that can also help prevent viral drug resistance.


Zika virus structure revealed

05 April, 2016

A research team has determined the structure of the Zika virus, revealing insights critical to the development of effective antiviral treatments and vaccines.


Citizen scientists to create a 'feather map of Australia'

05 April, 2016

By collecting wetland bird feathers, ordinary Australians can help researchers create the first ever 'Feather Map of Australia' to show the health of our wetland birds nationally.


Testing reproductive compatibility with fluorescent sperm

30 March, 2016

Scientists from The University of Western Australia have used fluorescent green dye to observe different sperm competing to fertilise eggs.


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