Genomes reveal insights into much-loved Aussie animals

The genomes of egg-laying monotreme mammals, platypus and echidna, have been published in the prestigious journal Nature, providing a valuable public resource for research in mammalian biology and evolution, with applications for their conservation and health. Monotremes display a unique mix of mammalian and reptilian features and form the most distantly related, and least understood, […]

Tapping secrets of Aussie spider’s unique silk

IMAGE: The basket-web spider in its natural form with its unique lobster pot web and silk, which has now been revealed as uniquely robust. view more  Credit: Professor Mark Elgar, the University of Melbourne An international collaboration has provided the first insights into a new type of silk produced by the very unusual Australian basket-web spider, […]

Tapping secrets of Aussie spider’s unique silk

The basket-web spider in its natural form with its unique lobster pot web and silk, which has now been revealed as uniquely robust. Credit: Professor Mark Elgar, University of Melbourne An international collaboration has provided the first insights into a new type of silk produced by the very unusual Australian basket-web spider, which uses it […]