• COVID in 2022 – what happens next?

    Taking the lay of the land as the pandemic enters its third year.

    The new year is traditionally seen as a time of fresh beginnings, renewed vigour, and bright-eyed optimism.Instea...

    COVID January 10, 2022
  • Explainer: what is viral load?

    … and how does a vaccine affect it?

    The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced us to a raft of new terminology in the past two years, with important implicatio...

    COVID October 27, 2021
  • COVID's genetic solution?

    A lucky few are unusually resistant to COVID-19. Scientists are trying to find a reason in their ...

    Some people get severely sick with COVID-19. Others don’t even notice they’ve caught the infection.The phenomenon...

    COVID October 19, 2021
  • Frank Fenner – Australian original

    Best known for his role in eradicating smallpox, Fenner was also passionate about the environment.

    Each year the Australian Government recognises the nation’s scientists and science educators by awarding the Prime Mi...

    Australia August 22, 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
  • How are dangerous viruses contained in Australia?

    Viruses are nasty, but they still need to be studied. What biosecurity safety precautions are in ...

    Researching viruses can sometimes be dangerous, so there are many safety measures put in place to protect laboratory ...

    Features June 16, 2021
  • What happens in a virology lab?

    Virology labs help us learn all about viruses – but what goes on behind the pressurised doors?

    What is a virology lab?Virology is the study of viruses. Specific areas of study include looking at the genetics ...

    Biology May 28, 2021
  • History

    A Nobel Prize-winning virologist dies

    Frank Macfarlane Burnet laid the foundations of modern virology.

    On the official website of the Nobel Prize, the biographical reference for Frank Macfarlane Burnet says: “It is impos...

    Features September 3, 2018
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