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Decoding the platypus genome

Find out what scientists have discovered from decoding the platypus genome. Learn how these discoveries provide some surprising insights into this unusual animal's underwater feeding, number of sex chromosomes, protection of its young and evolution of the male platypus's venomous spur.


Using genes to unlock the secrets of Tutankhamen

Tutankhamen was an Egyptian pharaoh who ascended to the throne in 1333 BC, at the age or nine or ten. His fame in modern times is due to the discovery of his virtually intact tomb in 1922. Since then, many questions have been asked about his life and ancestry. Listen to this audio clip to find out how genetic technology ...

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Genetically modified food: divided perspectives

Imagine that farmers were able to droughtproof or pest-proof their crops. Manipulating genes in food can provide solutions to many farming and food supply problems. However, not everyone agrees on how this new technology should be used. Watch this clip to find out why some Australian farmers are divided on this issue.

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Greenpeace takes a stand against GM crops

Watch Greenpeace activists mow down a research crop of genetically modified (GM) wheat grown by CSIRO. Consider some arguments for and against GM foods and find out the number of GM crops being trialled around Australia.

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Handling deadly viruses safely to save lives

Imagine working in a research laboratory and handling deadly animal viruses that could potentially infect humans. Find out how this vital research helps protect Australia's wildlife, farm animals and human population. See how scientists use techniques such as 'gene silencing' to fight viruses.

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GM bananas

Meet a scientist who is genetically modifying bananas to make them more nutritious. Learn about some of the benefits and concerns about using gene technologies to modify foods.

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Who funds GM research trials?

Genetically modified (GM) foods are expensive to develop. They are often created through research partnerships between publicly funded scientists and private corporations. This offers advantages but also raises concerns about research objectivity and potential bias. Explore some of the issues surrounding the commercialisation ...

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Genetics, inheritance and epilepsy

Explore genetics, the patterns of inheritance and disease-causing mutations. Find out about Gregor Mendel's historic pea-plant breeding experiments showing that traits are inherited in particular patterns. See how Australian scientists discovered the gene mutation responsible for a type of epilepsy.

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Breast cancer: genes and inheritance

Discover an Australian woman's family history of breast cancer and the role of genes and inheritance in determining her own risk of developing breast cancer. Find out what she did to get off the breast cancer 'roller coaster'. Watch this clip to learn about the science behind the breast cancer risk and treatment of Angelina ...

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Cloning stem cells

Cell cloning involves making an exact copy of a cell. Geneticists have discovered that cell cloning can be used to create large numbers of stem cells. Stem-cell therapy holds much hope for the treatment of some of our most debilitating genetic diseases. Watch this clip to learn more about this exciting breakthrough and ...

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Ancient DNA

What questions might be answered by the DNA of ancient fossilised remains? What mysteries of the past could be unlocked? Watch this clip and learn more about some fascinating genetic research taking place right here in Australia.

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'Junk DNA' not junk after all

Geneticists have long thought that 98 per cent of human DNA was 'junk' (or 'non-coding') DNA. However, recent scientific research suggests that there is much more to this DNA than first thought. Watch this clip to discover more.

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Harnessing stem cells to grow new cells

Have you ever wanted to know what the fuss about stem cells is? Watch this 2009 clip to find out what stem cells are and why they are valuable to medical research. Learn about a breakthrough that might defuse the ethical debate.

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Life science: mouse genetics: two traits

Breed mice with known genotypes that exhibit specific fur and eye colours to identify how two traits are passed on via dominant and recessive genes. Store mice for future breeding. Observe the genotypes of each individual mouse. Examine the statistics of fur and eye colour each time a pair of mice breed. Use a Punnett Square ...

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Life science: mouse genetics: one trait

Breed mice with known genotypes that exhibit specific fur colours to explore how this single trait is passed on via dominant and recessive genes. Store mice for future breeding. Observe the genotypes of each individual mouse. Examine the statistics of fur colour every time a pair of mice breed. Use a Punnett Square to model ...

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Cell division and DNA: assessment

Test your understanding of nuclear and cell division referring to mitosis and meiosis. Answer multiple-choice questions and when asked give your reasoning for your answer. Select the correct base pairings to model the DNA replication process. View and print a report on your work. This assessment object is one in a series ...

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Introduction to genes: assessment

Test your understanding of cellular components responsible for transmission of genetic information. Order the cellular components responsible for transmission of genetic information relative to each other and the organism as a whole. Answer multiple-choice questions. View and print a report on your work.

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Using 'All this can I truly deliver' - Teacher idea

This Teacher idea includes reflections following the teaching of R11555 'All this can I truly deliver - unit of work'. The unit enables senior students to understand, relate to and develop an informed personal interpretation of Shakespeare's 'Hamlet'. Students actively explore the play using a range of drama activities.

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All this can I truly deliver - unit of work

In this unit of work, students explore William Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' in great detail. The unit focuses on Shakespeare's development of relationships, exploration of universal themes, and unparalleled use of imagery. Students will work closely with the play's text to identify and integrate evidence to support their findings. ...


My Life Without Steve, 1986: What was this pain about?

This clip from the short film 'My Life Without Steve' (1986) comprises a series of slow pans and static shots taken of the interior of a flat in Sydney's inner west, followed by a view of Blackwattle Bay through the open window. A monologue read by Liz (Jenny Vuletic) accompanies these images and describes the grieving ...