Research & development

Regional biotech on the world map

17 May, 2007

The Australian-New Zealand Biotech Alliance (ANZBA), in partnership with Invest Australia, has launched a web-based directory to promote the fast-growing regional biotechnology industry to the global market.

Federal funding for a medical research powerhouse

09 May, 2007

The federal government announced yesterday that it will back the development of a Brisbane-based major research centre, designed to test and produce new drugs for the medical industry.

Research unravels the secrets of salt and taste

24 April, 2007

New research into the molecular basis of salty taste has been released by the Nestlé Research Center in Switzerland.

Scientists discover new virus

24 April, 2007

Scientists have discovered a new virus that was responsible for the deaths of three transplant recipients who received organs from a single donor in Victoria, Australia.

Minority groups not genetically prone to diabetes

19 April, 2007

A study by Australian and US researchers is helping dispel the 40-year-old ‘thrifty genotype theory’ – that certain minority groups are genetically prone to diabetes.

League greats tackle melanoma research

13 April, 2007

The University of Queensland (UQ) has received a $48,000 donation to its cancer research institute from cancer charity group, Mardi Jackson Foundation.

Salt-tolerant wheat made possible

12 April, 2007

The Molecular Plant Breeding CRC's Dr Yusuf Genc has found that different varieties of wheat have different ways of dealing with salinity. The research has implications for cereal breeders, who have long sought to breed varieties that are resistant to salinity.

Pesticide analysis

04 April, 2007 | Supplied by: Phenomenex Australia

The Zebron MultiResidue columns represent a solution for all classes of pesticides analysis. The columns were developed using two new stationary phases and each phase has been optimised to resolve a different set of analytes. However, both are good for a wide variety of pesticides.

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.

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