Research & development

Genetic variation that influences stroke recovery identified

26 October, 2018

A team of scientists from Melbourne, Europe and the United States has identified a genetic variation that influences stroke patients' recovery.


Doe, a deer, a feral deer

22 October, 2018

The Centre for Invasive Species Solutions has brought together five state and territory governments, three local councils, three universities and three private environmental groups to form Australia's largest deer management research collaboration.


Questions raised about swine flu vaccine

24 September, 2018

An investigation published by The BMJ raises fundamental questions about the transparency of information surrounding the safety of GlaxoSmithKline's Pandemrix vaccine used in 2009–2010.


DNA detection of crown-of-thorns starfish to improve monitoring

21 September, 2018

The PCR-based method will improve monitoring and early detection of the reef pest, allowing reef managers to contain outbreaks sooner.


Molecular details of key migraine initiator revealed

14 September, 2018

Melbourne researchers have revealed that a key player in the initiation, and pain, of migraines is a neuropeptide called calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP).


Genetically engineered bacteria turn sugar into hydrogen

07 September, 2018

Macquarie University scientists have received a $1.1 million grant from ARENA for a project to engineer bacteria that turn sugar into hydrogen.


New tool paves way for more targeted treatments for cancer, DMD

31 August, 2018

Researchers have developed a new selection tool that facilitates delivery of smart drugs into cells to battle hard-to-treat diseases such as cancer and Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.


New method helps diagnose cancer with malaria protein

27 August, 2018

A new method helps detect early-stage cancer tumour cells in the blood using a malaria protein.


Scientists team up to help the Great Barrier Reef

22 August, 2018

Citizen scientists are taking part in Virtual Reef Diver, a project that is helping scientists and reef managers get a better picture of the health of the Great Barrier Reef.


Stomatal development

17 August, 2018 by Mansi Gandhi

Renowned international plant biologist Keiko Torii will present the Annals of Botany Lecture at ComBio2018, a major Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) conference.


Impactful science

13 August, 2018 by Mansi Gandhi

A Nobel prize-winning American cell biologist talks about extracellular vesicles (EVs), exciting developments in the field and the challenges facing scientific publishing. 


Gene study finds humans helped drive golden staph's success

09 August, 2018

Humans have been identified as the original hosts for the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus, commonly known as golden staph, according to an international study.


Voyage to an underwater volcano

08 August, 2018 by Lauren Davis

An international team of scientists have returned from a once-in-a-lifetime expedition that took them 400 km north-east of New Zealand.


New stem cell transplantation method for CF

06 August, 2018

The fight against cystic fibrosis (CF) has taken a major step forward, with researchers showing that cells causing this genetic disorder could be successfully replaced with healthy ones.


Lethal viruses hijack cellular defences against cancer

06 August, 2018

Australian researchers have identified a new mechanism used by Henipaviruses in infection, and potential new targets for antivirals to treat them.


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