Research & development

Aussie team makes landmark insulin discovery

15 September, 2006

A team of CSIRO scientists has determined the molecular structure of the insulin receptor, the protein on the surface of cells that mediates the effects of insulin.

How green are my solvents?

11 September, 2006

Volatile organic solvents are the normal media for the industrial synthesis of organic products. The Montreal protocol has resulted in a compelling need to re-evaluate many chemical processes that have proved otherwise satisfactory for many years

Safety implications of nanotechnology

21 August, 2006

The Australian Safety and Compensation Council (ASCC) has published a report reviewing the potential occupational health and safety implications of nanotechnology and nanoparticles.

Transforming the cow

18 August, 2006

The ability of scientists to improve health and disease management of cattle and enhance the nutritional value of beef and dairy products has received a major boost with the release of the most complete sequence of the cow genome ever assembled.

Tightening regulations for clinical trials

09 August, 2006

A joint task force has released recommendations to enhance and clarify the existing guidelines governing the testing of new medicines in humans following the notorious TGN1412 trial in the UK

DNA ends hold secrets to combating ageing and cancer

02 August, 2006

An enzyme that is billions of years old holds the promise of renewing ageing tissues and combating cancer.

Australian science delivers higher yielding crops

28 July, 2006

A string of scientific world-firsts has resulted in nine new ‘superfodders'. The disease-resistant animal feed crops of high yield have delivered more than $45m in benefits to Australia.

Carbon dating early Buddhist texts

24 July, 2006

ANSTO carbon dating tests of rare manuscripts dubbed the 'Dead Sea Scrolls of Buddhism' have confirmed the priceless texts are from the first and fifth centuries AD and could be the missing link in Buddhist history.

Quantum dots pose minimal impact to cells

19 July, 2006

Nano-sized fluorescent probes that can slip inside living cells and clarify life’s most fundamental processes, or track the effectiveness of cancer-fighting drugs, are barely noticed by the cells they enter, according to a team of researchers led by the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab).

Cosmetic therapy for motoneuronal diseases

11 July, 2006

Dr Frederic Meunier, a winner of UniQuest’s annual Trailblazer innovation competition, is developing a treatment for motoneuronal diseases based on modifying botox.

Investigating the molecular structure of foods

05 July, 2006

Under an agreement signed between the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) and CSIRO, scientists will seek to determine the molecular structure of the foods we eat.

QUT research leads to stem cell breakthrough

08 June, 2006

A Queensland University of Technology researcher has found a way to replace animal or human serum in the culture of human embryonic stem cells.

Laser to break specific molecular bonds

19 May, 2006

A team of researchers has achieved a long-sought scientific goal: using laser light to break specific molecular bonds.

First man-made fractal molecule

12 May, 2006

All objects in nature are made of irregular molecules called fractals and scientists now have created and captured an image of the largest man-made fractal molecule at the nanoscale.

Sugar in cell communication

10 May, 2006

A research team from Uppsala University has uncovered an entirely new mechanism for how communication between cells is regulated.

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