Research & development

How hagfish choke their enemies with slime

23 January, 2019

The eel-like hagfish has survived on Earth for at least 300 million years, thanks to its ability to fend off predators by producing and choking them with slime.


Help stop the spread of marine pests this summer

22 January, 2019

More than two-thirds of water users are unaware of the threat posed by marine pests, according to a recent survey by Parks Victoria.


Vampire bats could hold key to new treatments; criminal activity hampers research

21 January, 2019

Vampire bats could hold the key to new treatments for a range of serious medical problems, but researchers have hit a snag accessing the specimens needed to advance their work.


Bioherbicide approved to combat introduced weeds

17 January, 2019 | Supplied by: The University of Queensland

The Di Bak Parkinsonia fungal bioherbicide has become the first woody weed bioherbicide to be granted federal regulatory approval.


Aus–Norway partnership to create rapid-response vaccines

17 January, 2019

The University of Queensland and CEPI have signed a partnership to develop a technology that enables targeted and rapid vaccine production against multiple viral pathogens.


Parkinson's discovery could lead to new therapies

21 December, 2018

Researchers from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI) have discovered how a protein linked to Parkinson's disease may protect cells such as neurons in the brain.


Key melanoma protein identified

21 December, 2018

Scientists from the Centenary Institute, in collaboration with 11 other Australian research institutions, have identified protein RAB27A as a key driver of melanoma metastasis.


Eavesdropping viruses re-engineered to attack diseases

21 December, 2018 by Liz Fuller-Wright

Researchers have identified a virus — VP882 — that can listen in on bacterial conversations and can be re-engineered to attack diseases.


New RNA sequencing strategy to study gut microbiome activity

19 December, 2018

Researchers have developed a high-throughput RNA sequencing strategy to study the activity of the gut microbiome.


TRIM21 and antibody immunity

12 December, 2018

Dr Leo James is presenting at the the 44th Lorne Conference on Protein Structure and Function, where he'll introduce TRIM21 and explain why it is important.  


Wild yeasts may improve wine from warmer climates

11 December, 2018

Dr Ana Hranilovic has discovered that certain strains of naturally occurring yeasts have beneficial effects in wine production.


Researchers discover a new disease and its genetic cause

10 December, 2018

Researchers have discovered a new human disease and the gene responsible for it.


Genomics for Australian Plants Framework Initiative launched

07 December, 2018

Genome sequencing is providing significant genetic information for many of the world's plant species; however, more can be achieved through collaboration.


Protein engineering in focus at Lorne Proteins

04 December, 2018

2018 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry Professor Frances Arnold will deliver a special evening lecture on protein engineering at the 44th Lorne Conference on Protein Structure and Function.


Zapping tumours in less than a second

03 December, 2018

Two potential treatments — one using X-rays, the other using protons — aim to reduce the side effects of radiation therapy by vastly shrinking the length of a typical session.


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