The most expensive rat on the menu at the Animal Resources Centre (ARC), in Western Australia, costs $872.13. The priciest mouse is $421.70. Both are pregnant “mutants” – that’s the technical term – which have been bred to a specific genetic design for biomedical research. But in 12–18 months, access to either will be strictly … Continue reading Aww, rats: Australian research rodents prove to be poor earners
Inanimate material can be ‘trained’ to behave like small artificial muscles, a new study suggests.
When Hossein Tavassoli first told his mother that he was researching heart disease, she responded with “But, you’re an engineer…” She was right, of course – Hossein’s undergraduate degree was in material engineering – but at the time, he found it difficult to explain the intersections between biology and engineering. Now, he not only … Continue reading Using nanotechnology to mend broken hearts
Science tells us that female and male brains are different yet biomedical research is largely conducted on males, as if they’re a neutral stand-in for the human population as a whole. The problem is, female brains can have starkly different neuroimmune responses from males. And our lack of basic understanding is having a very real … Continue reading Scientists don’t really get the female brain
Watching nature inspires biomedical engineers to develop a multi-leg design. Nick Carne reports.
Researchers work to formulate design principles for future biomedical devices. Vhairi Mackintosh reports.
As part of her investigation into anti-ageing research, Elizabeth Finkel explains the problems with anti-ageing drug trials.
It’s no longer snake oil. Scientists have a pipeline full
of promising anti-ageing compounds just waiting
for human trials. Elizabeth Finkel reports.
For the past 70 years, antibiotics have given us the upper
hand against microbial invaders. Now the bugs are fighting
back. Dyani Lewis takes a look at the next generation of
‘evolution-proof’ weapons being developed.
Pills and jabs to fend off ageing sounds like science fiction, but it’s not. Just ask NASA. Elizabeth Finkel reports.
The self-cleaning abilities of a popular plant provides clues to cutting deaths linked to stent surgery. Andrew Stapleton reports.
Don Ingber is a disruptive influence, which is what the Harvard-based Wyss Institute wants in a director. James Mitchell Crow reports.