Research & development

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.


Drug hoped to treat CFS causes impaired immune function — study

28 March, 2018

Reports that a drug used to treat autoimmune diseases and cancer could also treat CFS have been refuted by a new Griffith University study.


Aussie zika vaccine begins US trial

28 March, 2018 by Andrew Spence

The first non-human primate trials of a dual vaccine developed in Australia for the zika and chikungunya viruses are about to begin in the United States.


New brew of beer holds the hops, keeps the flavour

23 March, 2018

How would you like to try beer that costs less and has a more consistent flavour? US scientists may have come to your rescue.


Gold-coated nanowires restore visual response in blind mice

09 March, 2018

Scientists have restored visual responses in blind mice by transplanting artificial replacements for light-detecting cells into their eyes.


Fighting superbugs with their favourite food

06 March, 2018

Adelaide researchers have developed and patented a novel approach to fight superbugs by targeting the bugs' favourite food, iron.


Could Zika virus help battle brain cancer?

05 March, 2018

Zika virus could be used for treatment of glioblastoma, according to Brazilian researchers.


Regenerative medicine breakthrough

02 March, 2018

Australian and Dutch researchers have moved a step closer towards making human kidneys from stem cells.


3D scaffolds to grow muscle

26 February, 2018

Australian biomedical engineers have combined lab-made peptides with natural proteins and polymers to create a 3D 'hydrogel scaffold'.


CRISPR-based DNA detective

20 February, 2018

A CRISPR-based genetic detective could lead to fast, reliable medical tests.


Drug shown to reverse alcohol-related brain damage

12 February, 2018

Researchers have identified a drug that could reverse the damaging impacts of heavy alcohol consumption on the regeneration of brain cells.


Schrödinger's protein is both a conductor and an insulator

30 January, 2018 by Lauren Davis

US researchers have uncovered the first evidence of a protein that can conduct electricity like a metal — so long as the voltage is high enough.


Buckingham Palace built with Jurassic period microbes

22 January, 2018

Buckingham Palace in London, the Pentagon in Virginia and the Empire State Building in New York City have something in common, reveals a new study.


The silent revolution in molecular biology

18 January, 2018

Animal feed that's easier to digest. Potatoes that don't go brown. And an improved industrial oil.


Study raises concerns over animal trials

16 January, 2018

A recent investigation raises concerns over poor quality, lack of regulation and misrepresentation of animal studies for drug development.


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