Research & development

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.


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.


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.


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.


Award-winning technology enhances advanced radiation therapy

02 July, 2018

A new hybrid technique enhances the effectiveness of a special form of radiation therapy for cancer treatment.


Genetically engineered enzyme better at breaking down biomass

25 June, 2018

A new genetic engineering technique has enabled US scientists to accelerate the evolution of a microorganism's desirable traits.


Australian Antarctic Science Council to be established

21 June, 2018

The federal government is creating an Australian Antarctic Science Council to revitalise science research, as well as boost Hobart's position as an Antarctic science hub.


Gene transfer rules written in DNA

20 June, 2018

Bacteria's ability to transfer genes, like those associated with antibiotic resistance, is governed by a previously unknown set of rules that are written in the DNA of the recipient.


CSIRO announces Earth observation centre

15 June, 2018

The centre will help Australian researchers maximise the benefits of observing Earth from space and further develop Australia's space sector.


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