Research & development

Screening drugs of abuse by LC/MS

08 May, 2005 | Supplied by: Keysight Technologies Australia Pty Ltd

High throughput screening of drugs of abuse is performed at St Olav Hospital by LC/MS. Typically done by immunoassay, this overview describes the procedures for using this highly selective and quantitative LC/MS methodology

Non-viral vectors deliver genes

05 May, 2005

A gene therapy method that doesn't rely on potentially toxic viruses as vectors may be growing closer as the result of in vitro research results reported by University at Buffalo scientists in the current online issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Research aids coughing

13 April, 2005

UTS Professor Ashley Craig is involved in a project in the NSW Premier's spinal chord injury (SCI) research program to develop an electrical stimulus to help quadriplegics cough.

Keeping frog disease under control

11 April, 2005

A workshop on new methods of detecting and controlling the spread of one of the world's most deadly frog diseases – chytridiomycosis – was recently held at CSIRO Livestock Industries' Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) in Geelong, Victoria.

Gene revolution in India

28 February, 2005

It’s the news they have all been waiting for. After years of living under the threat of another devastating epidemic of downy mildew, a disease similar to that which caused the Irish potato famine, India’s poorest farmers have been offered a lifeline in the form of a new disease-resistant hybrid. The hybrid has been produced in record time using modern biotechnology techniques.

Cell processing facility contracted for clinical trials

16 February, 2005

Australia’s adult stem cell company, Mesoblast has signed an agreement for production of specialised adult stem cells, known as Mesenchymal Precursor Cells (MPCs), to be used in human pilot clinical trials in patients with orthopaedic and cardiovascular diseases.

Why does cloning create abnormalities?

20 September, 2004

Significant abnormalities observed in cloned mice help reinforce the need to continue to avoid the reproductive cloning of humans, claims Dr Takumi Takeuchi, from Cornell University.

Super ants threaten to take over Melbourne

03 September, 2004

A giant supercolony of Argentine Ants stretching across the Greater City of Melbourne has been discovered by Ms Elissa Suhr from the School of Biological Sciences at Monash University.

Bird flu vaccine on way

27 August, 2004

CSIRO Livestock Industries has developed an experimental vaccine to protect chickens from the deadly H5N1 strain of avian influenza (bird flu).

Glaciers contribute to climate change

11 August, 2004

The response of the world’s glaciers to global warming is an important element in understanding climate change, involving sea-level change and changes to the circulation in the North Atlantic. To predict changes, scientists believe it is vital to understand the behaviour of glaciers.

Duo fears for DNA privacy

11 August, 2004

Two Monash law academics are calling for urgent state government action following the disclosure that a private Melbourne company holds the DNA records of millions of Victorians.

Flies uncovered

10 August, 2004

Australia will have a much greater capacity to understand its fly biodiversity with a generous endowment from an American benefactor.

Clandestine laboratories

08 August, 2004

Clandestine drug laboratories present hazards and dangers to the community in all areas across Australia, including urban and rural centres

Acoustic research helps fishery

28 July, 2004

Scientists and fishers will use deep ocean acoustic remote sensing techniques developed by CSIRO to help give long-term sustainability to the largest fishery in Australia's south-east.

Death does not always signal the end of life

26 July, 2004

Biochemistry PhD student David Carter is examining cadaver breakdown and soil biology to provide answers to life's toughest question; what happens to us after we die?

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