Revealing the mystery of New Zealand's glowworm
Woah! - Animals that make light! How do they do that? Dr Miriam Sharpe and Professor Kurt Krause explain their research on what makes glowworms glow on National Public Radio's Science Friday in the USA.
"Calming" bacteria before the storm
Many of our most deadly bacteria hang out on our skin or in our noses, but do not cause disease. When they get excited they go from co-existing to disease-causing. Dr Monica Gerth is aiming to block bacteria communicating with each other before they start getting ‘excited’, thus preventing a serious infection from occurring.
How do you sequence a genome?
Humans have more than 3 billion DNA bases in each of their cells, containing a full set of instructions on how to build a body. How do you find out the entire sequence of this genome? Professor Peter Dearden, Dr Becky Laurie, Dr Aaron Jeffs and others talk to RNZ National's Our Changing World about how to sequence a genome.
How queen bees control their worker fertility
Bee hives have evolved to have a complex, fascinating social hierarchy, and although we know about Royal Jelly and pheromones, how exactly does the queen bee control the fertility of the rest of the hive? Research into the molecular mechanism behind this control by Professor Peter Dearden and Drs Elizabeth Duncan and Otto Hyink has been profiled on BBC Radio 4's "Inside Science" programme.
Squid that glow using crystals
The Japanese firefly squid makes intense blue light to distract its predators, and is considered a great delicacy in Japan. Dr Miriam Sharpe talks about her research into the crystals that the squid uses to produce the light, and Professor Kurt Krause talks about bioluminescence - light made by living organisms - on RNZ National's Our Changing World.
Genetics of truffle-like fungi
Some fungi, like mushrooms, have umbrella-like caps, others, like truffles, have a lumpy potato-like appearance. Still others resemble truffles, but strangely are more closely related to mushrooms than truffles. Dr Chris Brown, along with collaborators in the Botany Department, are sequencing the DNA from truffle-like and pouch fungi to find out how they have evolved. They talk to RNZ National's Our Changing World about their research.
Battling breast cancer at the molecular level
Dr Anita Dunbier’s research into breast cancer has shown that immune cells can play a `Jekyll and Hyde' role, either attacking and destroying a tumour or helping it to grow.
Lipoprotein little a … a high risk for heart disease
Research into lipoproteins, molecules that carry fats and cholesterol in the blood, is showing us new ways to develop drugs to treat heart disease. Professor Sally McCormick tells us more about a type of lipoprotein that she has been studying in detail.