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Mitochondria

New Monash study has implications for Senate Inquiry into Mitochondrial Donation

A study led by Monash biologists has found for the first time that some mutations in mitochondrial DNA – are ‘sexually antagonistic’, that is, good for one sex, but bad for the other.

Biology 23 May, 2018
Fish School

Wrong assumptions about how organisms reproduce threatens world fisheries, study warns

An international study led by Monash marine ecologists has found that larger fish are much more important to feeding the planet than previously thought.

Biology 11 May, 2018
Clawed forelimbs

Sharp claws helped ancient seals conquer the oceans

When catching and eating large prey, top predators use tools like sharp teeth and strong claws to tear apart their food. Such weapons are common in predators on the land, but in the water, animals like seals and whales are better known for having

Biology 18 April, 2018
A school of surgeon fish spawning with predators lurking

It’s tough at the top – ‘energetics of growth’ emphasises challenges for predatory fish

A new study looking at growth patterns in fish has found that the ‘cost’ of growth is central to determining how energy moves between levels in the food chain.

Biology 3 April, 2018
Female Daphnia magna with a clutch of asexual eggs.

Sex, man flu and the water flea

Dr Matt Hall is interested in the differences between males and females. Why are some males of a species larger and stronger, while females are more hardy and long-lived? Why do they experience illness differently?

Features and Opinion 19 March, 2018
Associate Professor Robert Bryson-Richardson with the tiny zebrafish

Monash Biologist awarded international grant to investigate myofibrillar myopathy treatments

The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) in the USA has awarded Associate Professor Robert Bryson-Richardson around AUD$340,000 over three years to examine treatments for myofibrillar myopathy – a neuromuscular, genetic disorder which

Biology 9 March, 2018
Pollutants disrupt female fish sex life Credit: Pierson Hill

Cow steroid pollutants in waterways disrupt the mating habits of female fish, study finds

An international study led by the Monash School of Biological Sciences has found that female fish are less interested in sex if they have been exposed to environmental contaminants associated with livestock production.

Biology 1 March, 2018
Cluster map showing the regions of the cyanide-releasing chemicals in the tips of germinating Sorghum.

World-first discovery opens the way for ‘green lasers’ to probe plant leaves

International research driven by a Monash biologist has culminated in a ground-breaking method using ‘green lasers’ to examine the most intricate parts of plant leaves.

Biology 10 February, 2018