Research & development

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.


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.


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.


The gene that controls the human heart beat

03 August, 2018

Using human pluripotent stem cells, researchers have shown that a gene called NKX2-5 is responsible for regulating heart rhythm and heart muscle cell development.


Plant science discovery could help develop treatments for genetic diseases

30 July, 2018

A newly discovered molecular mechanism of gene regulation could help develop treatment strategies for genetic diseases.


Ebola virus allegedly re-emerges in survivor, infects family

25 July, 2018

Ebola virus may have re-emerged in a woman a year after she survived an acute infection, potentially leading to the infection of her husband and two of their sons.


Complex pathways control the shape of plant cells

25 July, 2018

Professor Daniel Szymanski used the model plant Arabidopsis to analyse how intracellular signalling networks pattern cell walls to generate particular cell shapes and sizes.


New medication being trialled to treat ice addiction

19 July, 2018

The N-ICE Trial will see researchers investigate whether N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) can reduce cravings for crystal methamphetamine, or 'ice'.


Breakthrough blood test to detect melanoma early

18 July, 2018 | Supplied by: Edith Cowan University

Australian researchers have developed what is claimed to be the world's first blood test capable of detecting melanoma in its early stages.


A fresh look at microbes in the Murray River

11 July, 2018 | Supplied by: Flinders University

Flinders University researchers have presented a new examination of river health with a fresh look at microbial distributions from Murray River water samples.


3D-printed human corneas

09 July, 2018

Scientists at Newcastle University, UK, have 3D-printed the first human corneas.


Protein complex that shapes T cells' destiny identified

09 July, 2018

Scientists at a US-based hospital have identified the mechanism that determines how T cells specialise their development.


Honeybees get stressed too

06 July, 2018

If you thought stress was a solely human trait, you thought wrong.


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