Research & development

Nanoparticles good for biomedical applications

04 April, 2006

Nanoparticles of gold can act as tiny, precise and powerful heaters, which potentially could be used in biomedical applications, according to a new study.


Critical gene for immune cell activation found

04 April, 2006

Every time the human body encounters a virus, bacteria or other infectious agent, immune cells called B-lymphocytes multiply in lymph nodes and then swing into action to fight off the intruders.


Aussies helping the fight against bird flu

21 March, 2006

CSIRO scientists have boosted efforts to help stop the spread of bird flu in Asia and thereby reduce the risk of it reaching Australia.


Help for forensics with full-colour fingerprints

16 March, 2006

In the future, forensic investigators may take full-colour fingerprints using new technology developed by a University of Toronto-led team of international researchers.


Coeliac disease research tool

08 March, 2006 | Supplied by: PerkinElmer Pty Ltd

Delfia probes, specific for HLA alleles, provide a research tool for investigating genes involved in predisposition to coeliac disease.


Australians to tap into crop testing in Europe

02 March, 2006

A company has been established in Adelaide to develop scientific techniques for genetic crop testing in Europe.


Study into formation of an embryo

24 February, 2006

A discovery from University of Missouri-Columbia scientists about the formation of an embryo and a placenta before implantation could explain why cloning often fails in farm and laboratory animals.


Developing resistant wheat varieties

23 February, 2006

A new $5 million grant to wheat breeders could shorten the time between the outbreak of diseases and the development of resistant wheat varieties, said the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station state wheat breeder.


Approach to drug testing could force innocent athletes out

20 February, 2006

The current approach of the international agency responsible for fighting the use of drugs in sport will drive innocent athletes out of the Olympic Games, according to an article in the International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching.


200 proteins which indicate diseases of liver

17 February, 2006

The biochemist Enrique Santamaria Martinez, a researcher in the area of genetic therapy and hepatology at the CIMA of the University of Navarra, has identified more than 200 proteins which can be considered as indicators of the progression of steatohepatitis and liver hepatitis. In addition, these proteins provide a basis for new lines of research which can develop clinical application strategies for improving the diagnosis and treatment of this cancer.


Electronic nose could spell the end of landfill pongs

17 February, 2006

Scientists at the University of Manchester have invented a device which remotely monitors bad odours and methane gases at waste landfill and water treatment sites.


Dialysis patients may be overmedicated due to unreliable blood test

15 February, 2006

Changes in a widely used assay for parathyroid hormone (PTH) have made its use with the established guidelines for end stage renal disease clinical management both inappropriate and potentially harmful to patients. This research was published in the journal Seminars in Dialysis.


Tuberculosis infection prevention by quick testing

15 February, 2006

With a new DNA test, tuberculosis infection can be revealed so quickly that a patient doesn't have time to infect others.


Blood test for prostate cancer

14 February, 2006

Researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center have identified a panel of 22 biomarkers that together provide a more accurate screening for prostrate cancer than the current prostrate specific antigen, or PSA, test.


Coeliac disease research tool

08 February, 2006 | Supplied by: PerkinElmer Pty Ltd

Delfia probes, specific for HLA alleles, provide a research tool for investigating genes involved in predisposition to coeliac disease.


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