A wild-born, pure Australian desert dingo called Sandy Maliki has taken out first place in the World’s Most Interesting Genome competition. Her DNA will be decoded using the latest genome sequencing technology.
Explorers from UNSW and Britain have discovered a colony of wild St Bernard dogs in a remote mountain range in southern Siberia – a remarkable find given St Bernards were previously thought to be native to Switzerland.
UNSW and Harvard researchers have identified a critical step in the molecular process that allows cells to repair damaged DNA – and it could mean big things for the future of anti-ageing drugs, childhood cancer survivors and even astronauts.
The discovery that starlings carrying a new mutation in their mitochondria, the energy powerhouses of cells, almost tripled their population within five years has important implications for mitochondrial diseases in humans.
UNSW scientists have achieved a world first, publishing the complete DNA sequence of the Queensland fruit fly – a development that will improve both biosecurity and methods for controlling this global horticultural pest.