Geckskin Adhesive ‘tape’ – In the news

Stephanie M, Casterton Secondary College   At some point or another, we have all been the victim of common adhesive tapes. These are used to mend broken objects, such as Nanna’s Vase, which definitely fell from the table on its own, to adhere pieces of paper to each other and to hang posters from the walls. As we would know, this is only a temporary solution as the adhesive does not last; the vase eventually...Read More

Biologically inspired robots – it’s only natural

  Imagine a robot that is able to negotiate its own way through any landscape, over any terrain. You may have conjured a mental image of the Terminator, or perhaps those lumbering colossal walkers in the Empire Strikes Back.  Long revered in sci-fi classics, autonomously mobile robots pose a real design challenge for engineers. If you were to design such a robot, what kind of locomotion would it have?  How would it know what obstacles...Read More

The dirty lyes about soap – News

Isopropyl wipes vs standard liquid hand soap An investigation by Tim while on work experience at GTAC When working in a lab I had to wash my hands quite frequently, and it became something regular to do when I entered the lab and when I left. Being around some of the best equipment and scientists in the world (at least to me), made me wonder about the effectiveness of the liquid hand soap we were...Read More

GTAC sees more work experience students through its doors – News

GTAC welcomed another eight work experience students through its doors in Semester 2 to experience working life as a Scientist. They participated in our educational programs, designed and carried out experiments using research grade equipment, and photographed specimens using our array of microscopes. Check out their blogs to find out more about their experiences. Elisa's blog Isabelle's blog Lachlan's blog Maria's blog Seamus' blog Sharlene's blog Tim's blog Zoe's blog

Gene editing gets CRISPR – In the news

 4th September, 2015 Many techniques used in molecular biology and gene technology are based on naturally occurring processes using normal functioning enzymes. You may already be familiar with the way that restriction enzymes, made by bacteria to cut viral DNA, are employed in recombinant (cut and paste) DNA technology. Well, here is a hot new method, modelled on another bacterial protection mechanism, which is being applied as a gene editing method. This method relies on...Read More

Date set for GTAC professional learning on changes to the VCE Biology Unit 1+2 Study Design for 2016

GTAC will hold a teacher professional learning program in term 4 on Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th December, 2015 that will focus on the changes to the VCE Biology Unit 1 & 2 Study Design for 2016. Registrations of interest will open soon. An email alert will be sent to teachers registered on the GTAC website and a news alert will be posted when registrations for this event open. There will also be a laboratory technician professional learning program that runs concurrent with the...Read More

“Changing public health policy…what they don’t teach you at medical school!” – Free public lecture

  On Wednesday 19th August from 6.30pm – 8.30pm a public lecture is being given by renown virologist, Professor Ian Gust AO:  “Changing public health policy…what they don’t teach you at medical school!”. This presentation is followed by an award presentation by lead scientist, Dr Leonie Walsh, to Professor Jacques Miller (of thymus fame). This will be followed by refreshments. Teachers and students are invited to register their interest in attending. Book you place through...Read More

The GTAC team increases temporarily with the addition of three work experience students – News

In the last week of April, three year 10 students joined us to experience working life at GTAC. They had a taste of working in a science laboratory and helped set up resources for our educational programs. They were very fortunate to be here for one of our special programs on World Immunology Day, where they had the opportunity to meet some of Australia’s leading scientists. Read their blogs to connect with the experiences they...Read More

A big honour for GTAC Board member – News

Who would spend their days thinking about starving a parasite? That’s the type of thing Brendan Crabb might think about! Professor Brendan Crabb, who has contributed to GTAC programs as a member of the GTAC Board of Management since 2001, was awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia in the 2015 Australia Day Awards. This very big honour recognises his contributions to biomedical research and work to fight infectious diseases, especially malaria. Brendan is...Read More

Having a child with DNA from three people – In the news

Our DNA comes from two places, our biological mum and our biological dad. But that might change for some very special babies that could be born in the next year or so in the UK. On 3 February the UK parliament voted to allow a medical procedure using donor mitochondria. Women with mitochondrial disease worry about passing faulty mitochondria on to their children. This new method would prevent that and result in a baby with...Read More