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Huge bacteria-eating viruses found in DNA from gut of pregnant women and Tibetan hot spring
Scientists have discovered hundreds of unusually large, bacteria-killing viruses with capabilities normally associated with living organisms.
Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) update
Latest update - 14 February 2020Following the Australian Government’s announcement to extend current travel restrictions by a further week from 15 February 2020, the University of Melbourne remains concerned for our students and the uncertainty and anxiety this creates for them and their families. The University is fully committed to providing effective measures of support during this difficult time.
Museum visitors spit for science, revealing how lifestyle and diet impacts our microbes
Preliminary results of an ongoing study reveal which bacteria are found in the mouths of Victorians and suggests a healthier diet is key to improved microbial richness.
Patients with challenging cancers to benefit from genomic sequencing
More than 1000 Victorian cancer patients are set to benefit from real-time genomic testing in the next three years, aiming to improve diagnosis and provide more targeted and effective treatments for cancers of unmet need.
Wasp nests used to date ancient Kimberley rock art
Mud wasp nests have helped establish a date for one of the ancient styles of Aboriginal rock art in the Kimberley.
Unprecedented exploration generates most comprehensive map of cancer genomes to date
An international team has completed the most comprehensive study of whole cancer genomes to date, significantly improving our fundamental understanding of cancer and signposting new directions for its diagnosis and treatment.
Saliva test show high drug use among aggressive ED patients
A large number of threatening patients who presented at the Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH) Emergency Department (ED) tested positive to methamphetamine use, according to new research.
More countries accepting the environment must take centre stage
New research shows that an increasing number of countries are publishing ecosystem accounts, helping to embed nature in economic and financial decisions.
Distance influenced Australian coverage of Christchurch terror attack
New Zealand and Australian media coverage of the Christchurch mosque attack was poles apart, according to new research.
Melbourne scientists first to grow and share novel coronavirus
Scientists from the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity – a joint venture between the University of Melbourne and the Royal Melbourne hospital – have successfully grown the Wuhan coronavirus from a patient sample, which will provide expert international laboratories with crucial information to help combat the virus.