Research & development

First man-made fractal molecule

12 May, 2006

All objects in nature are made of irregular molecules called fractals and scientists now have created and captured an image of the largest man-made fractal molecule at the nanoscale.

Sugar in cell communication

10 May, 2006

A research team from Uppsala University has uncovered an entirely new mechanism for how communication between cells is regulated.

Sound way to measure fluid in the brain

27 April, 2006

Scientists have developed a way of measuring levels of fluid in the brain that avoids the need for painful lumbar punctures.

Improvement in poultry quality

26 April, 2006

A test has been developed that can assess the robustness of the immune system in poultry by the Eureka E! 2692 molecular tests project.

Delving into the pump mechanism mystery

07 April, 2006

Researchers at the Institute of Biotechnology of the University of Helsinki have identified an internal electron transfer reaction that initiates the proton pump mechanism of the respiratory enzyme.

Stem cells used to make new tendons

06 April, 2006

Weekend athletes who overexert themselves running or playing basketball may one day reap the benefits of research at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem that shows that adult stem cells can be used to make new tendon or ligament tissue.

Nanoparticles good for biomedical applications

04 April, 2006

Nanoparticles of gold can act as tiny, precise and powerful heaters, which potentially could be used in biomedical applications, according to a new study.

Critical gene for immune cell activation found

04 April, 2006

Every time the human body encounters a virus, bacteria or other infectious agent, immune cells called B-lymphocytes multiply in lymph nodes and then swing into action to fight off the intruders.

Aussies helping the fight against bird flu

21 March, 2006

CSIRO scientists have boosted efforts to help stop the spread of bird flu in Asia and thereby reduce the risk of it reaching Australia.

Help for forensics with full-colour fingerprints

16 March, 2006

In the future, forensic investigators may take full-colour fingerprints using new technology developed by a University of Toronto-led team of international researchers.

Coeliac disease research tool

08 March, 2006 | Supplied by: PerkinElmer (Australia) Pty Ltd

Delfia probes, specific for HLA alleles, provide a research tool for investigating genes involved in predisposition to coeliac disease.

Australians to tap into crop testing in Europe

02 March, 2006

A company has been established in Adelaide to develop scientific techniques for genetic crop testing in Europe.

Study into formation of an embryo

24 February, 2006

A discovery from University of Missouri-Columbia scientists about the formation of an embryo and a placenta before implantation could explain why cloning often fails in farm and laboratory animals.

Developing resistant wheat varieties

23 February, 2006

A new $5 million grant to wheat breeders could shorten the time between the outbreak of diseases and the development of resistant wheat varieties, said the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station state wheat breeder.

Approach to drug testing could force innocent athletes out

20 February, 2006

The current approach of the international agency responsible for fighting the use of drugs in sport will drive innocent athletes out of the Olympic Games, according to an article in the International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching.

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