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Scientists have identified the evolution of venom proteins in lizards such as the Gila Monster, a discovery which could help provide clues to future drug development. The new study reveals extraordinary genetic rearrangements which have produced novel toxins in the Gila Monster and Beaded Lizard venoms. 

A University of Melbourne academic has been awarded US$150,000 in funding to help researchers in Asia and Africa better understand how fungi cause disease. Despite being one of the most significant health problems in many emerging countries, not enough is known about medically important fungi.

A new survey has revealed ways to improve the social acceptance of forest management, while maintaining timber supply and benefiting the environment. The report released by the University of Melbourne provides an insight into Tasmanian community views on forest management methods, applied to the landscape over the long term. It is hoped that this understanding will help forest managers to balance environmental and timber outcomes in a socially acceptable way.

The full transcript of evidence from the1939 'Black Friday' Bushfires Royal Commission has been unearthed at the University of Melbourne, providing a compelling insight into the Royal Commission and fire management practices of 70 years ago.

The noise of traffic, machinery and air conditioners may be driving birds with low-pitched songs away from cities, and leading others to raise the pitch of their singing to be heard above the din.

University of Melbourne Dean of Science Professor Robert Saint has congratulated alumna Professor Elizabeth Blackburn after she became the first Australian woman to be awarded a Nobel Prize.

For the first time for any tropical forest region in the world, leading researchers have produced a compilation of Australian wet tropics research to better coordinate conservation and management efforts of our globally significant rainforests.

A University of Melbourne led study will examine the use of green roofs to tackle climate change in a project recently announced by the State Government.

The University of Melbourne will coordinate the new $5 million Climate Change Adaptation Research Centre which aims to develop solutions to the impact of climate change.

Species living in restricted environments such as the tropics may lack adequate variation in their genes and be unable to adapt to climate change, according to a new study.

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