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The art of designing tiny structures
10, Apr 2024

The art of designing tiny structures

Illustrating the design difficulties of DNA origami It's always an honour for a scientist to achieve a cover story in an academic journal. It’s even better when the author has...

Highs and lows of creating world-first chromosomes
3, Apr 2024

Highs and lows of creating world-first chromosomes

A decade-long quest to create chromosomes for the world’s first entirely synthetic yeast is nearly complete for Macquarie University researchers. 'Would we have started this if we knew it was...

Bringing the sweet to the synthetic
19, Feb 2024

Bringing the sweet to the synthetic

A team at Macquarie University has developed a unique method for analysing sugars in cells to provide valuable insights for synthetic biology. Distinguished Professor Nicki Packer and team work with...

Microbial marvels turn waste gases into green gold
15, Feb 2024

Microbial marvels turn waste gases into green gold

What if we could encourage microbes to eat greenhouse gases being pumped into our atmosphere at alarming levels and create sustainable fuels, chemicals and materials instead? In essence, that’s what...

Enzymes for biocatalysis and bioremediation
29, Jan 2024

Enzymes for biocatalysis and bioremediation

Researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence in Synthetic Biology have discovered a new enzyme in a common soil bacterium which has significance for both biotechnology and environmental science. Macquarie...

Tonic to textiles
24, Jan 2024

Tonic to textiles

The fermented drink Kombucha could well become the foundation of new eco-friendly textiles, according to a research team exploring this possibility. The highly popular beverage is produced by bacteria and...

SynBio, a tool in conservation
9, Jan 2024

SynBio, a tool in conservation

The number of wild organisms worldwide is rapidly diminishing in what is sometimes referred to as the sixth major extinction event. As population numbers decrease, the existing genetic variation in...

Visualising Cells
8, Jan 2024

Visualising Cells

Centre researchers have developed a new technique to see inside cells with unprecedented detail. This reveals a complicated web of interactions that gives us new insights into how cells stay...