Research & development

Triggering pigmentation to prevent melanoma

11 September, 2017 by Adam Florance

Scientists may not be able to stop fair-skinned redheads from getting sunburnt but they are a step closer to reducing their likelihood of certain types of skin cancer. Researchers from Boston and Edinburgh have found that triggering skin pigmentation in the laboratory can prevent mice from developing melanoma.


New chip design for quantum computing

11 September, 2017

UNSW engineers have invented a new architecture for quantum computing that promises to make the large-scale manufacture of quantum chips both cheaper and easier than previously thought possible.


Switching off immune cells to fight allergies

07 September, 2017

Queensland researchers are a step closer to developing new medicines for treating inflammatory diseases, including allergies such as rhinitis, itchy hives, asthma, eczema and dermatitis.


Fighting Nipah virus

07 September, 2017

An international team of researchers from Australia, the UK, Malaysia and India are developing a prototype vaccine to minimise the impact of Nipah virus (NiV) on the pig industry.


NZ researchers make natural killer cell discovery

04 September, 2017

New Zealand researchers have discovered an unexpected role for a white blood cell called the natural killer (NK) cell — a critical cell for ridding the body of infection and cancer.


Oceania has the world's highest risk of rheumatic heart disease

28 August, 2017

A newly released study finds that people living in the Oceania region, including Australia, have the highest risk in the world of having and dying from rheumatic heart disease.


Immunotherapy for peanut allergy proves effective four years on

21 August, 2017

A treatment for deadly peanut allergy has been found to show long-lasting effects, providing what is claimed to be the strongest evidence yet that a cure may be possible for peanut allergy.


Harry Butler Institute to promote conservation and environmental management

18 August, 2017

Murdoch University joined global energy producer Chevron for the official launch of the Harry Butler Institute, set to shape the next generation of leaders in conservation and environmental management.


Understanding plant-microbe interactions

18 August, 2017 by Mansi Gandhi

With a relentless passion for plants, a strong desire to secure the world's food resources and numerous papers and awards under his belt, Dr Jonathan Plett from Western Sydney University is one of Australia's most promising scientists.


New methods for analysing gene function

14 August, 2017

Newly developed methods to produce and analyse genetic mosaics are expected to allow researchers to induce multispectral genetic mosaics in vertebrate models such as mice and zebrafish.


New drug holds promise for therapy-resistant breast cancer

11 August, 2017

Scientists have identified a first-in-class molecule that shuts down estrogen-sensitive breast cancer.


Lizard venom could treat blood clots

11 August, 2017

An international research team is studying various types of lizard venom as possible treatments for blood-clotting diseases.


Gut bacteria composition affects nutritional choices

01 August, 2017

Two new studies have revealed that the gut bacteria composition affects nutritional choices as well as reproduction, using common fruit flies as a model system.


Walter and Eliza Hall in $400m royalties deal for cancer drug

28 July, 2017

The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research has made a landmark deal worth up to US$325 million ($408 million) from the partial sale of royalty rights for anticancer treatment venetoclax.


Complex immune system changes observed after traumatic injury

24 July, 2017

Within the first hour after experiencing a traumatic injury, a person's immune system undergoes a series of complex, dynamic changes, reveals a new study.


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