Research Features Magazine – 120

Biology is one of the most versatile sciences, from atoms to cells, genes to proteins, populations to ecosystems, the list goes on!

The researchers in this issue of Research Features magazine all strive to demonstrate how biology significantly impacts our lives – improving our health and well-being through new ways to fight disease, helping to secure food production, developing new bio-fuels and other important products, and enhancing our understanding of the natural world. This passion and commitment is further echoed by frontrunning organisations in this field.

Biochemistry and molecular biology is progressing at a breath-taking rate and the potential for discoveries continues to expand. Professor Leann Tilley, President of the Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB), is devoted to promoting new research, developments and education in biochemistry and molecular biology in Australia.

Evolution has been shaping our planet’s inhabitants for billions of years, and it continues to do so. The European Society for Evolutionary Biology (ESEB), and its President Professor Laurent Keller, have worked to further our understanding of the complex subject. Prof Keller discusses why evolution should play an integral part in medical research.

As scientists make fast and concerted advancements in life-saving technologies, the squeeze on funding could threaten their momentum. Dr Philip Hieter, President of the Board of Councillors for the Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences (CSMB) discusses the importance of funding to ensure scientists continue doing what they do best: make amazing discoveries.

The scientists we feature in this issue of Research Features magazine are passionate about their research and we are just as passionate about sharing the valuable work they do. So, why not sit down and relax while you delve into our latest collection of fascinating articles. We have a lot to tell you.

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