Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences

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The bacterium that causes whooping cough has evolved – most likely in response to the vaccine used to prevent the disease – with a possible reduced effectiveness of the vaccine as a result, a new study shows.

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A rapid evolutionary “arms race” between bacteria and the killer viruses they contain has been observed by a UNSW-led team of scientists in a sophisticated genetic study.

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Science and business have more in common than some may want to admit, but it is the differences that make collaboration worthwhile, writes Merlin Crossley.

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Discoveries in biology will underpin advances in agriculture, environmental science and medicine that are vital for a strong economic future, writes Merlin Crossley.

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'Good deed' research rarely makes money or generates revenue, but it is in our children's interest, and our own, to fund it, writes Merlin Crossley.

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The ARC's Future Fellowship scheme has been a well executed initiative to invest in and build the intellectual capital of our country, and its termination would be very damaging for Australia, writes Merlin Crossley.

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A good strategy for choosing what to study at university is to take courses you enjoy and that keep your options open, writes Merlin Crossley.

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Winemakers will gain new insight into the micro-organisms in their ferments thanks to a new a research partnership between the Australian Wine Research Institute and UNSW’s Ramaciotti Centre for Genomics.

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Mission-directed research has become dominant but it is curiosity-driven research that leads to breakthroughs, making long-term commitment to both vital, writes Merlin Crossley.

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The Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing has been awarded to a leading astronomer, Professor Fred Watson, for Here come the ubernerds: Planets, Pluto and Prague.

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