CMCA Seminar Series: The search for magnetosensitive cells in the pigeon Columbia livia - NEW DATE 15 December

Monday, 22 November 2010

Many species on the planet, whether they be birds, fish or insects rely on the Earth's magnetic field to guide migration or assist navigation. This remarkable sense is known as magnetoreception. Dr David Keays of the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology, Vienna will present his investigations into the magnetite based theory of magnetoreception, particularly in the pigeon Columbia livia.

SEMINAR: The secret life of Chitons (or their teeth anyway) - 27 October

Monday, 25 October 2010

Chitons are marine molluscs commonly seen on coastlines throughout the world. Intriguingly, their teeth are reinforced with the hardest and most magnetic form of iron oxide, magnetite. Jeremy Shaw of the CMCA will present research findings of interest to biologists and materials scientists alike.

The hardened teeth of chitons allows these unique animals to survive by scraping algae from the rocks upon which they live.

CMCA Seminar Series: Egg-ceptional ancient DNA preservation - 11 November

Monday, 25 October 2010

Fossil eggshell has widely been regarded as being 'devoid' of DNA, however Charlotte Oskam from the Ancient DNA Laboratory at Murdoch University, with the help of microscopy techniques at CMCA, has isolated fossil avian DNA from eggshells. Charlotte will discuss insights into extinction processes gained from the recent discovery.

Call for proposals: IMS 1280 Ion Probe Facility

Friday, 15 October 2010

The AMMRF Flagship Ion Probe Facility at the University of Western Australia is now accepting proposals for use of the IMS 1280 ion probe during the first half of 2011.

Abnormal blood vessels in a tumour where the RGS5 gene is active.

Better blood vessels - better cancer treatment

Saturday, 31 October 2009

Research into the structure of blood vessels in tumours, published in Nature, has opened the way to improve targeted cancer therapy.

UWA launches powerful ion probe facility

Friday, 28 August 2009

A world-first imaging and analysis facility with the ability to search for evidence of the earliest life on Earth, help find new ore deposits, and detect weapons-grade uranium in minute dust particles has been opened at The University of Western Australia.

UWA to launch powerful ion probe facility

Monday, 24 August 2009

The University of Western Australia now boasts a world-first imaging and analysis facility with the addition of a powerful and sensitive instrument that can search for evidence of the earliest life on Earth, help find new ore deposits, and detect weapons-grade uranium in minute dust particles.

Tough mollusc teeth give bite to new research

Monday, 19 January 2009

Researchers at The University of Western Australia are studying the teeth structure of a mollusc in the hope of copying it to develop new biosynthetic materials with far-reaching biomedical, industrial and environmental applications. 

Micro-CT image of the embryo with higlighted juvenile components.

Sir David Attenborough honoured by fishy find

Saturday, 31 May 2008

A well preserved embryo has been discovered inside a fossilised fish some 380-million years old from Gogo, in the Kimberley district of Western Australia. This is the oldest example of live birth known amongst the vertebrates.