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Teaching and research in the School of Biological Sciences spans the scale and breadth of the living world - from molecules, genes and cells; organisms and their environments; to broad landscapes that cover Earth.

We go back in time to understand how evolution has shaped the present world, and into the future, developing new technologies to improve human health and better manage our environment.

The school brings together outstanding teachers and world-leading researchers to provide undergraduate and postgraduate programs and research training in biomedical sciences and biotechnology (biochemistry, genetics, microbiology and immunology), evolution, ecology and environmental science.

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Discover our unique research environment that links teaching, honours and postgraduate research excellence.

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News

How do we detect the impact of rising sea levels?

Scientists have come up with a simple new test to analyse sulfur isotopes which can be used to help investigate chemical changes in water.

Engineering a virus: What is gain of function research?

Interview with researcher A/Prof Michael Beard about gain-of-function research, a technique used in virology and genetics to alter the function of a virus.

Time to wake up to the illegal trade of sleepy lizards

Australian reptiles face serious conservation threats from illegal poaching fuelled by international demand and the exotic pet trade.

Scientists unearth secrets about the evolution of soil-burrowing cockroaches

Evolutionary biologists have assessed the phenomenon of parallelism in soil-burrowing cockroaches for the first time.

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Events

Ecology and Evolution Series: Our Origins

Public lecture series during June, July and August on 'Our Origins', Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of The Descent of Man.

Faculty of Sciences Welcome Session (July) - Online

Social and academic activities to help new science students settle into student life at our North Terrace campus.

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