Biology

  • Ancient viruses found in Tibetan glacier

    Scientists uncover unknown viruses trapped in 15,000-year-old ice.

    It sounds like the opening scene of an apocalyptic movie: scientists drilling ice cores from an ancient glacier uncov...

    Biology July 21, 2021
  • DNA solves riddle of extinct Xerces butterfly

    Museum DNA confirms the extinction of the Xerces blue butterfly.

    Near-century-old butterfly DNA  has confirmed that the Xerces blue butterfly, famously wiped out by humans in the 194...

    Biology July 21, 2021
  • Super-fast Hendra test

    Developers claim new testing kit can detect killer virus in minutes.

    Tests for the deadly Hendra virus, most often found in horses but transmissible to humans, can be quicker than ever t...

    Innovate & Tech July 21, 2021
  • Video

    Engineering a Virus

    What you need to know about gain of function research

    Gain-of-function research is a technique used in virology and genetics to alter the function of a virus, in order to ...

    Biology July 20, 2021
  • The next-generation biology revolution promises new products and industries

    Synthetic biology – using life’s protein building blocks to create almost anything – has the pote...

    At the start of my career, I didn’t set out to work in the field of synthetic biology. It didn’t exist. But the pace ...

    Core Sciences July 16, 2021
  • No ovaries required: viable eggs grown in a dish

    Ova created from mice stem cells, that become fully formed creatures – all in the lab.

    Scientists have successfully coaxed mouse stem cells to develop into functional eggs in a dish - that then grew into ...

    News July 16, 2021
  • How to think when you don't have a brain

    Even a form of brainless slime mould can makes decisions about its next venture. What can it teac...

    Ever met someone who seems to get around without a brain? Maybe they aren’t as dumb as they seem. A team of US biolog...

    Biology July 15, 2021
  • Gene therapy turns children’s lives around

    A new technique to treat a rare disorder could potentially target neurodegenerative diseases like...

    Promising results have emerged from a gene therapy to “reprogram” cells to reverse the effects of a genetic disorder ...

    Biology July 12, 2021
  • Aww, rats: Australian research rodents prove to be poor earners

    Australia’s primary supplier of rodents for scientific research is closing down in a couple of ye...

    The most expensive rat on the menu at the Animal Resources Centre (ARC), in Western Australia, costs $872.13. The pri...

    Biology July 9, 2021
  • What is gain of function research in genetics?

    Speculation about viral leaks in Wuhan brings research techniques into the spotlight.

    It’s the rumour that won’t go away – that SARS-CoV-2 was accidentally leaked from a high biosecurity lab in Wuhan, Ch...

    Biology July 6, 2021
  • How epigenetics encodes plant sperm

    UK study could have benefits for crop improvement.

    An anther. The sperm grows in the black area. CLSY3 (fused with a yellow fluorescent protein) is specifically express...

    Biology July 2, 2021
  • Highly effective malaria vaccine

    Vaccine shows promise in Phase 1 clinical trials.

    Early data on a new malaria treatment, involving both a vaccine and a prophylactic drug, has revealed promising resul...

    Medicine July 1, 2021
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