Genome sequencing of Australia's platypus, an animal so unusual it was thought to be a hoax when sent to Europe in the 18th century, has moved the evolution of sex determination in humans forward more than 160 million years.
Researchers studying the eyes of Australian bull ants have found the first evidence of adaptation of visual structures within a single species to distinct light intensities.
Rowena Martin from the RSB Division of Biomedical Science and Biochemistry is a finalist in the Eureka Prize category for Early Career Research. Rowena’s nomination is based on her work on understanding the mechanism of drug resistance in the malaria parasite.
By Anna Salleh for ABC Science Online.
Male fiddler crabs spy on their competitors to work out when a potential female mate is around, Australian researchers have found.
Their findings are reported today in Biology Letters.
Tom Bennett has received top marks in studies of evolution and advanced genetics at ANU, and has already been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in the US, which is no mean feat for an honours student.
The first set of Tasmanian Devils’ genetic sequencing has revealed the origin of the unique transmissible cancer now devastating the devil population, offering hope that the rapid decline in devil numbers can be arrested and giving scientists new insights for cancer research.
An abundance of food and lack of predators following the extinction of dinosaurs saw previously flighted birds fatten up and become flightless, according to new research from The Australian National University.
Congratulations to the following members of RSB for winning 2009 Joint College Awards for Excellence in Education:
Chris Fulton for Individual Award for Teaching Excellence
David Tscharke for Individual Award for Teaching Excellence