biology

  • Shark-bait tourism

    Wildlife tourism is the fastest growing sector of the travel industry, bringing in billions of do...

    Three hours off the coast of South Australia, in the remote and rugged Neptune Islands, white sharks gather. These...

    Marine life November 26, 2021
  • Watching proteins dance

    Study finds a way to visualise these teeny powerhouses of the body.

    Proteins are so small that visualising them working in a cell has long been elusive, but a new study, published in Ce...

    Biology October 19, 2021
  • World first: Watch a deadly tortoise murdering a baby bird

    Is this a contender for the slowest hunt ever?

    Filmed in the woodlands of Frégate Island in the Seychelles, in the Indian Ocean, this is the first documented eviden...

    Animals August 24, 2021
  • Profile

    Vale Roger Short, 1930–2021

    Vet, zoologist, and reproductive biologist Roger Short was a success in many fields, but it was h...

    Daniel Stefanski was a third-year medical student in 1994 when he attended a lecture that changed his life. The lectu...

    Australia August 10, 2021
  • Conversation

    Why it took 20 years to 'finish' the human genome

    And why there’s still more to do.

    By Melissa Southey, Monash University and Tu Nguyen-Dumont, Monash University The release of the draft human genom...

    Australia June 12, 2021
  • Interactive dreaming

    Scientists communicate with people while they’re asleep.

    Scientists say they’ve achieved an “outlandish” phenomenon, showing that it’s possible to have two-way dialogue with ...

    Body and Mind February 19, 2021
  • Tau tangles brains

    Toxic leakage of an otherwise useful cell protein leads to Alzheimer’s.

    As if Alzheimer’s wasn’t vicious enough, researchers have found the wrong type of breakthrough – a brutal process whe...

    Biology February 3, 2021
  • You may have missed…

    Stray science stories from last week to cheer up your Monday.

    Last week featured a wide range of stories that either made us smile or have a little giggle. We’ve rounded a few of ...

    Animals February 1, 2021
  • Not-so-identical twins

    Monozygotic – “identical” – twins have small genome differences.

    Identical twins have long been touted as an incredible resource for genetics because they’re “genetically identical”....

    Biology January 12, 2021
  • History

    Friedrich Miescher gets ahead of the double helix

    Swiss physician started the story of DNA.

    In just over 75 years, DNA – deoxyribonucleic acid – has risen in public and scientific status from being “an obscure...

    Biology May 25, 2020
  • Taking a look at RNA’s structure

    Breakthrough may reveal more virus lifecycles.

    This image, created by Australia’s Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI), shows how the key genetic molecule RNA, in...

    Biology May 8, 2020
  • History

    History: Rene Dubos finds life in the earth

    He was also a pioneering environmentalist.

    In 1939, scientist/philosopher Rene Dubos discovered gramicidin, an agent that inhibits the growth of certain types o...

    Biology March 16, 2020
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