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Resistance to a key anti-malarial drug cannot be passed on by mosquitoes in a breakthrough scientists believe could drastically improve the way we battle the disease.

Social insects such as ants, bees and wasps appear to be blessed with a genetic 'super switch' that designates both gender and their status as either a queen or worker, scientists have discovered.

If you’re tall, you’re also more likely to be slim, new genetic research has revealed.

Researchers have decoded the Australian sheep blowfly genome, adding ammunition to the battle against one of the nation’s most insidious pests.

An international research team that includes the University of Melbourne’s Professor Sam Berkovic (AC) has identified a new gene for a progressive form of epilepsy.

People who carry a particular type of gene have natural resistance against typhoid fever according to new research published in Nature Genetics.

Scientists have sequenced the genetic code of the eucalypt for the first time, providing fresh insights into the Australian icon that has become the world’s favourite hardwood.

Three University of Melbourne academics have been elected as fellows of the Australian Academy of Science in recognition of their role in advancing the sum of scientific knowledge.

Researchers have identified some common genetic cancer mutations could indicate the presence of much more influential rare “hidden” mutations that could lead to earlier detection of prostate cancer.

Identical twins can have very different lives and health despite their shared genes, according to UK expert Professor Tim Spector from London’s King College, who will speak at a public forum at the University of Melbourne.

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