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  1. 9 September 2023 - Health & Medicine

    How epigenetics is transforming our understanding of evolution

    A new book by Melbourne University Publishing reveals how a population’s non-genetic responses to environmental change are central to the process of evolution.

  2. 15 September 2022 - Science Matters

    Understanding how a cell becomes a person - with maths

    There are trillions of cells in the human body, and University of Melbourne researchers are developing new mathematics to understand how they work.

  3. 5 June 2019 - Health & Wellbeing

    The evolution of schizophrenia

    University of Melbourne research finds that the genetic risks of schizophrenia may eventually evolve out of existence, but the environmental risk factors remain

  4. 22 November 2018 - Science Matters

    Human evolutionary history takes a rain check

    By dating the rock in between the fossil layers in Africa’s 'Cradle of Humankind' University of Melbourne researchers are shedding new light on our evolution.

  5. 23 December 2016 - Go Figure

    Goosebumps can give us more than the shivers

    Goosebumps are not just your body's way of reacting to emotion. They could hold the key to stopping skin cancer, treating burns and even curing baldness.

  6. 3 September 2016 - Science Matters

    Planting the seeds of sovereignty

    Two plants that were brought to Australia more than 100 years ago bred together. But instead of creating a new hybrid, one plant has taken over.

  7. Podcast1 July 2016 - Up Close

    Untangling our evolutionary history

    Paleoanthropologist Bernard Wood on how continuing research into human evolutionary history produces insights but also reveals how much we've yet to learn.

  8. 5 February 2016 - Go Figure

    Why don’t humans have tails?

    Here's why humans lost their tails in the great evolutionary journey, even though animals have many uses for them, says a University of Melbourne expert