Biology

  • Structured for strength

    Study of mammalian hair finds that thicker isn’t always stronger.

    By Ian ConnellanEver looked at your hair and studied its split ends, fretting over the apparent damage? A new study s...

    Biology December 11, 2019
  • Colour catches cancer spreading

    Glow-in-the-dark cells show mutations driving malignancy.

    US researchers have cleverly tracked cancer mutations by causing stem cells to glow. This allowed the team from Duke ...

    Biology December 2, 2019
  • Awards

    Australian biologists win CSL Florey medal

    Their work was vital in the fight against cancer.

    David Vaux and Andreas Strasser from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research have been awarded the bi...

    Biology November 29, 2019
  • How stem cells help repair hearts

    Study suggests they trigger an immune response.

    By Paul BieglerThe controversial use of stem cells to help patients recover from a heart attack may work, but not bec...

    Biology November 27, 2019
  • Freeze. I've got a chemical

    Study points to serotonin as the reason we stop when startled..

    Flies using the FlyWalker. Top: normal walking at around 25 mm/s. Bottom: fly with its VNC serotonin neurons stimulat...

    Biology November 27, 2019
  • A star performer against Dengue

    DNA may help track and eventually kill the virus.

    By folding snippets of DNA into the shape of a five-pointed star using structural DNA nanotechnology, US and Chinese ...

    Biology November 25, 2019
  • Just how well could you design a baby?

    Study questions whether IQ or height can be predicted at all.

    By Paul BieglerNot everyone wants to raise the lovechild of Albert Einstein and Arnold Schwarzenegger but, like it or...

    Biology November 24, 2019
  • History

    William Ian Clunies Ross, leader of note

    Passionate advocate for science inspired and supported others.

    The Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering recently announced that nominations for its prestigious Clunies ...

    Biology November 24, 2019
  • Bacteria keeping up the fight against dengue

    New Wolbachia strain nearly halved cases in Malaysia.

    The Wolbachia trials were conducted in high-density areas in Malaysia.Ary Hoffmann, University of MelbourneBy Natalie...

    Biology November 21, 2019
  • Insight into malaria immune response

    Discovery could also improve other treatments.

    Australian researchers have found new insights into how the immune system responds to malaria infection, which they s...

    Biology November 19, 2019
  • Astro assistance for cancer?

    Astronaut training could yield clues for better recovery.

    During spaceflight, astronauts experience similar physical stress as cancer patients undergoing treatments such as ch...

    Biology November 14, 2019
  • Who’s your daddy?

    Genetic detectives work out the odds that he’s not who you think.

    Sexual infidelity may be as old as marriage, but it is not an equal opportunity pursuit. For once, it seems the poor ...

    Biology November 14, 2019
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