Research & development

Biotech industry growing

04 April, 2007

Employment in the Australian biotech sector has doubled over the last two years, according to an industry survey conducted by Innovation Dynamics Pty Ltd

Australian scientists identify cancer cells

30 March, 2007

Australian scientists have identified the leukaemia cells responsible for causing relapse after treatment in common childhood cancer.

Antibiotic resistance in plague

21 March, 2007

The ability to resist many of the antibiotics used against plague has been found so far in only a single case of the disease in Madagascar. But because the same ability is present in other kinds of bacteria from a broad range of livestock, antibiotic resistance could potentially spread to other Yersinia pestis and also other bacterial pathogens.

The fight against counterfeit drugs in developing countries

14 March, 2007

New technology in the fight against counterfeit medicines in the developing world was announced in a presentation to the WHO’s International Medical Products Anti-Counterfeiting Taskforce this week.

Australia paves the way in international test reliability

12 March, 2007

Sixty years ago this month, Australia developed a system of ensuring laboratory competence that has been adopted by more than 70 countries and led to the formation of the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA).

DNA sleuth awarded Curtin medal

09 March, 2007

The Curtin Medal for Excellence in Medical Research has been awarded to an Australian scientist who studies how DNA replicates in cells, in an effort to understand and find cures for diseases such as cancer.

Human beans may come to a plate near you

08 March, 2007

The US Department of Agriculture has signalled its plans to allow the commercial cultivation of genetically-modified rice on more than 3000 acres in Kansas.

Australia awards cervical cancer vaccine developer

07 March, 2007

The University of Queensland (UQ) professor behind the world’s first cervical cancer vaccine received one of Australia’s most prestigious medical awards last night.

Environmental disasters and the RQF

07 March, 2007 by Janette Woodhouse, Editor

I have been wading through information about the Research Quality Framework (RQF). The RQF is "an Australian Government initiative to formulate a world's best practice framework for evaluating research quality and the impact of research

Researcher fights insects with venom

07 March, 2007

An Australian researcher has returned from the US to continue working on environmentally-friendly insect control methods based on spider venom compounds.

Research into clean electricity generation

02 March, 2007

Current research into a physical phenomenon discovered two centuries ago may hold the key to meeting future energy demands and reducing global warming.

Mice cloned from skin cells

15 February, 2007

Healthy and viable mice that survive until adulthood have been cloned from adult stem cells by scientists from Rockefeller University using cells called keratinocyte stem cells.

Human magnetic field exposure testing

07 February, 2007 | Supplied by: Power Parameters Pty Ltd

The Hioki Model 3470 Magnetic Field HiTester is designed to measure human exposure to magnetic flux in electromagnetic fields in accordance with IEC standards (IEC62233; EN50366) and International Commission on Non-Ionising Protection Commission (ICNIRP) guidelines.

Keeping clean may not always be wise

07 February, 2007 by Janette Woodhouse

No-one in my house suffers from asthma, which is really rather lucky. However, I have long been concerned that all the research that establishes over-clean houses as a potential trigger for the disease actually shows up my limitations as a housekeeper

Web-based genomics computational resource facilitates research

06 February, 2007

Researchers from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati (UC) Academic Health Center at the Computational Medicine Center have established a gene information resource designed to aid biomedical researchers in more effectively identifying small alterations in the human genome that are associated with individuals' susceptibility to disease.

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