UNSW research has uncovered a ‘jumping gene’ which is vital for quickly suppressing an immune response to infection after a virus clears the body.
Live birth has evolved independently more than 150 times. The underlying biophysical processes all look quite similar, but new research shows they use completely different genetic tools.
The DNA sequencing of a healthy German shepherd will mean dogs can be screened for hip and other diseases much more accurately.
For the first time, researchers have uncovered the mechanism that explains why some reefs are able to withstand high ocean temperatures and avoid destructive coral bleaching.
Australia’s largest predator, the dingo, is resistant to one of the main threats to its survival as a species – changes to skull shape brought about by hybridisation, research shows.
UNSW scientists have discovered a link between autism and genetic changes in some segments of DNA that are responsible for switching on genes in the brain.
A new gene sequencing technology being used to map the human genome is set to transform the diagnosis of cancer and other diseases, potentially saving lives.
One in three people with newly diagnosed bowel cancer and a genetic predisposition to further cancers would still not take the necessary steps to prevent disease.
Research revealing that genetic sequences once considered as "junk DNA" can regulate cancer genes could lead to the development of new cancer drugs to re-activate tumour suppressor genes.
Sampling just a few genes can reveal not only the "lifestyle" of marine microbes but their entire environments, new research suggests.