• World first gene offers fresh view on glaucoma
    Posted in: 2016, SA

    The chance detection of one large family’s predisposition to small eyes has given Flinders University researcher Mona Awadalla a new angle on the disease glaucoma. Mona and her colleagues identified a new gene mutation that leads to reduced eyeball size, which led to glaucoma in 16 members of one family. Known as TMEM98, the gene codes […]

  • Heating carbon fibre in the microwave
    Posted in: 2016, Vic

    Geelong scientists have discovered they can use microwave chemistry to make carbon fibre composite materials stronger and safer more quickly. Carbon fibre composite materials are both light and strong, making them a great alternative to metal in a huge range of applications, from bikes and sports equipment to prosthetic limbs, planes and cars. They’re made up of […]

  • Do not disturb! Tiny sensors for IVF embryos
    Posted in: 2016, SA

    IVF is a complicated procedure. At present, the only way to gauge the health of IVF embryos is to use a microscope and monitor their shape. Now, researchers at the University of Adelaide have developed tiny optic-fibre sensors that can reveal the health status of developing embryos during in vitro fertilisation, giving doctors a simple tool […]