School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Melbourne
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As the only mammals in the world to also lay eggs, monotremes are one puzzle that scientists are still trying to figure out.
Monotremes can only be found in Australia and New Guinea and are an ancient group of mammals that have existed since the time of the dinosaurs. One of the first mammal groups to evolve, they’re a great model for understanding how the first mammals reproduced. But it has also given them a very weird combination of mammalian and reptilian features. So much so that the first Europeans to study them thought they were a hoax! Although we’ve learned a lot about them since then we still know very little about their reproduction and development.
Join us in this masterclass with Dr Jane Fenelon to learn more about these amazing animals and what we’re now starting to learn about their unusual reproduction.
Vaccines are simply amazing; they reduce the chances of you becoming seriously ill and have even eradicated diseases like polio and smallpox. But how are they made and how did we manage to create one for COVID-19 in little under a year? Join Dr Jennifer Juno from the Doherty Institute to discover the history and science behind this life-saving research.
Specifically designed for those with minimal science knowledge, the ‘Mid-Afternoon Masterclasses’ are mini-lectures that conclude with Q&A.