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Winthrop Professor Wendy Erber

Journey from stem cell to blood cell revealed

Friday, 26 September 2014

Researchers have discovered previously undetected steps in the process by which stem cells become blood cells, a process called haematopoiesis.  An international collaboration, including Winthrop Professor Wendy Erber, has established that a highly complex series of events determine the fate of closely related populations of blood progenitor cells.

Acacia patches

Study unravels links between soils and plant biodiversity

Friday, 26 September 2014

For decades, ecologists have studied soils to understand why some patches of vegetation contain more plant species than others.  Researchers at The University of Western Australia's School of Plant Biology and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama have now found an answer to this long-standing question.

Greening Auto Jobs - book cover

Green jobs for a sustainable future

Thursday, 25 September 2014

The UWA Business School's Caleb Goods says transitioning the world of work to green jobs is crucial for Australia's long-term social, environmental and economic future. 

Stephanie Wenclawski and Professor Leonard Collard

USA student keen to 'learn country' from Noongar and western perspectives

Thursday, 25 September 2014

When Stephanie Wenclawski (21) from North Carolina State University discovered that she could find out about ancient Noongar culture at The University of Western Australia, she couldn't wait to enrol.

Liesel Gentelli

Haunting tales in ship-wrecked silver

Thursday, 25 September 2014

In her work of analysing the silver coins recovered from six ships, wrecked off the WA coast over almost two centuries, PhD candidate Liesel Gentelli finds herself thinking of some of the wreck survivors.

UWA enhances Indian Ocean research in new Memorandum of Understanding with Mauritius

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

An executive team from The University of Western Australia (UWA) visited The University of Mauritius last week, signing a Memorandum of Understanding to enhance relations between the two Universities in Indian Ocean research.

Guppies (Poecilia reticulata)

Diet affects sperm competitiveness

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

It's well known that omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 LC-PUFA) can help to prevent heart disease but new research has found that these essential fatty acids can also increase the chance of paternity success.

Woolly mammoth genome sequencer at UWA

Monday, 22 September 2014

How can a giant woolly mammoth which lived at least 200,000 years ago help to save the Tasmanian Devil from extinction?  The answer lies in DNA, the carrier of genetic information.

Dr Aaron Robotham   -  (Credit: Dr Joe Liske)

Monster galaxies gain weight by eating smaller neighbours

Friday, 19 September 2014

Massive galaxies in the Universe have stopped making their own stars and are instead snacking on nearby galaxies, according to research by Australian scientists.

Gift gives hope to Alzheimer's sufferers

Friday, 19 September 2014

A charity set up by a self-made Mandurah businessman who left Perth at the age of 14 has donated $150,000 to help find better ways to treat depression in people with Alzheimer's disease.