School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences

Atacama desert

How ancient microbes survived in a world without oxygen has been a mystery. Scientists discovered a living microbial mat that uses arsenic instead of oxygen for photosynthesis and respiration.

A scientist handles uncooked meat in a laboratory

Treatment for a deadly E. coli strain may be possible, after UNSW Sydney researchers identified a new molecular pathway that controls the potent Shiga toxin.

Robinson Ridge in the east Antarctic

UNSW researchers have found their previous discovery of bacteria living on air in Antarctica is likely a process that occurs globally, further supporting the potential existence of microbial life on alien planets.

German Shepherd

The DNA sequencing of a healthy German shepherd will mean dogs can be screened for hip and other diseases much more accurately.

Hudson Coates

A molecule first found in sharks over 100 years ago has been found to regulate an enzyme that is key to cholesterol production.

Jake Chua

A newly identified mechanism that regulates a particular enzyme could lead to the development of new, cholesterol-lowering drugs.

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A new UNSW Sydney study shows antibiotics and vaccines may be less effective against whooping cough as a new strain appears in China.

Biofuels inside

UNSW's internationally recognised research in biofuels has been given an added boost with a $3 million infrastructure upgrade funded by the state and federal governments.