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A critical discovery about how bacteria feed on an unusual sugar molecule found in leafy green vegetables could hold the key to explaining how ‘good’ bacteria protect our gut and promote health.

Victorians are being urged to help nature adapt to new conditions under climate change through a new 10-point guide.

When good cells go bad: how malaria turns our red blood cells into killers 

In a huge boost to the global fight against malaria, researchers have discovered how the malaria parasite protects itself by building resistance against the last-line in antimalarial medications, and how a new medical treatment can overcome the parasite’s defences.

Faster and smaller electronic devices, as well as enhanced fibre optics, are a step closer thanks to new research by scientists at the University of Melbourne and New York University.

Scientists have produced the largest flexible, plastic solar cells in Australia – ten times the size of what they were previously able to – thanks to a new solar cell printer that has been installed at CSIRO.

Scientists have revealed a new technique to introduce disease-blocking bacteria into mosquitoes, with promising results that may halt the spread of diseases such as dengue, yellow fever and potentially malaria.

New research has revealed that immature malaria parasites are more resistant to treatment with key antimalarial drugs than older parasites, a finding that could lead to more effective treatments for a disease that kills one person every minute and is developing resistance to drugs at an alarming rate.

Internationally recognised chemist Professor Andrew Holmes has been awarded the 2012 Royal Medal – the only Australian in 10 years to receive the award.

More than 100 high-achieving Year 9 science students from under-represented schools will visit the Bio21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology Institute at the University of Melbourne today to learn more about study and research at university.

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