Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences

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A UNSW-led team has uncovered the genetic secrets of extremophile microbes that can survive in temperatures as low as minus 20 degrees in the saltiest lake in Antarctica.

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UNSW Dean of Science, Professor Merlin Crossley, has become patron of the Science Teachers’ Association of New South Wales. 

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By collecting water samples up to six kilometres deep, UNSW researchers have shown for the first time the impact of ocean currents on the distribution and abundance of marine micro-organisms. 

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Just looking at the title of a research proposal is no way to decide its relevance and impact on society; a deeper analysis is needed, writes Merlin Crossley.

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Stable investment in research and development is vital to Australia's economic future, yet only the Greens so far have released a dedicated policy, writes Merlin Crossley.

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UNSW is hosting the annual conference of the Genetics Society of AustralAsia, with more than 250 scientists gathering to discuss the latest genetic research on a wide variety of animals.

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Scientists on a UNSW-led expedition to study microbes in the Indian Ocean have weathered huge seas, encountered giant whales and collected lots of data during the first leg of their voyage from South Africa to Mauritius.

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A UNSW-led initiative using online tools such as game-like quests and virtual labs to teach maths and science to high school students has been awarded a $1.64 million grant.

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UNSW Dean of Science, Merlin Crossley, has called for a National Teaching Post-doctoral Fellowship Scheme to encourage PhD graduates to become science and maths teachers in schools.

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Higher university entry scores for teaching and greater financial rewards on graduation are among the changes needed to address a shortage of top science teachers, writes Merlin Crossley.

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