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Biosensors to help transform the global diagnostic industry
25, May 2022

Biosensors to help transform the global diagnostic industry

Researchers are a step closer to transforming a US$70 billion global diagnostic industry with new designer biosensors that “switch on"colour or electrical responses to drugs used in cancer, arthritis and...

Synbio-start up creates an infinite recycling circle for plastics
24, May 2022

Synbio-start up creates an infinite recycling circle for plastics

A new Australian start-up involving Chief Investigator Professor Colin Jackson will ‘infinitely’ recycle plastic to help solve the global plastic pollution crisis.   Enzymes that break down plastic to their core...

Conducting wine symphonies of the future
19, Apr 2022

Conducting wine symphonies of the future

A new vision outlines how winemakers could have greater certainty over their vintages – and create technology with benefits beyond with the world of wine. How does one achieve the...

Rebooting Evolution
2, Mar 2022

Rebooting Evolution

The building blocks of life-saving therapeutics could be developed in days instead of years thanks to new software that simulates evolution. Proseeker is the name of a new computational tool...

Four Centre Members secure ARC Discovery Grants
8, Feb 2022

Four Centre Members secure ARC Discovery Grants

Congratulations to four of our Centre Members who have successfully secured an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Projects 2022 grant. Professor Colin Jackson (Chief Investigator, ANU) has been awarded a...

When does speed triumph over accuracy in cellular activity?
23, Nov 2021

When does speed triumph over accuracy in cellular activity?

Is it better for the body to synthetise proteins slowly and surely or with speed and less accuracy? That is one of the key questions in a new Aging Cell...

Rewinding evolution to secure our future foods
21, Nov 2021

Rewinding evolution to secure our future foods

A radical bid to reverse evolution could see crop plants become disease-resistant and more productive – and it all relies on a clever change of gene address. In a Nature...

Five Minutes with…Evan Gibbs
15, Nov 2021

Five Minutes with…Evan Gibbs

Tell us about your field of research My area of research focuses on small molecule production in microorganisms. I am using biosensors in massive mutant libraries combined in concert with...

Redefining the popular view of microbes
15, Nov 2021

Redefining the popular view of microbes

By Anahit Peneysan Macquarie University node When I present a lecture to a general audience, I often start with the same slide. It is a blank slide, and I ask...

Synthetic Biology Helps Reveal Coronavirus Outbreak 20,000 Years Ago
30, Jun 2021

Synthetic Biology Helps Reveal Coronavirus Outbreak 20,000 Years Ago

CoESB Chief Investigator Professor Kirill Alexandrov (QUT) is part of a team of international researchers that has discovered a coronavirus epidemic broke out in the East Asia region more than...

Biosensors to be a winemaker’s aide
6, Apr 2021

Biosensors to be a winemaker’s aide

Chief Investigator Professor Kirill Alexandrov is leading a collaborative research project to mitigate the impacts of bushfire smoke on wineries and vineyards.  Professor Kirill Alexandrov (QUT), Professor Markus Herderich (Australian Wine Research Institute,...

Shedding a light on microbial dark matter
22, Mar 2021

Shedding a light on microbial dark matter

  A new body of research, published in Nature Communications, suggests synthetic biology could help to better characterise complex microbial communities, unlocking their potential for industrial and medical biotechnology. Communities...

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