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

GTAC visits primary schools in Central Victoria – News

  The GTAC Outreach team and their van packed full of stereo and compound microscopes have just returned from their visit to the Castlemaine area. We were warmly welcomed by the teachers and students we met on the rural outreach. We all had a fantastic time working with Year 5 and 6 students and their teachers at Castlemaine, Castlemaine North and Winter Flat Primary Schools. The students worked together as forensic scientists to solve the...Read More

GTAC explores the Life Sciences in virtual reality with Oculus Rift – News

  GTAC has just received an Oculus Rift development kit and the centre is abuzz with what three-dimensional (3D) virtual environments we may be able to create for students with this new technology. Oculus Rift is a headset that is able to display computer generated environments in 3D for the wearer. As this technology is still new, there are not many life science resources for the Oculus Rift. We are eager to see how we could develop resources so that we can use...Read More

DNA barcodes earn their stripes – News

  GTAC's 2014 DNA barcoding results are in and they raise the prospect that students have discovered a new species. DNA barcoding complements classical approaches to describing and identifying species. Most of us know of barcodes as the irregular zebra pattern displayed on commercial products. Scan the barcode and it identifies the product. DNA is made up of building blocks called nucleotides and a DNA barcode is a nucleotide sequence obtained for a short, conserved...Read More