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New DNA hair analysis makes catching criminals faster and cheaper

Forensic DNA profiling of human hairs is critical to solving many serious crimes, however most hairs found at crime scenes contain very little DNA. This makes DNA testing of hairs a real challenge. Existing methods to obtain and interpret DNA profiles from shed human hairs is expensive and often unsuccessful. Associate Professor Jeremy Austin leads the […]

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Media release: Genomics research to benefit wine and biodiversity

Two new research projects at the University of Adelaide will use leading genomic expertise and technologies to benefit the wine industry and biodiversity conservation. The two projects have won funding from the Australian Genome Research Facility (AGRF), enabling them to access AGRF’s genotyping and genome sequencing services. Researchers aim to use the latest genomics technologies […]

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Media release: Mammoths killed by abrupt climate change

New research has revealed abrupt warming, that closely resembles the rapid man-made warming occurring today, has repeatedly played a key role in mass extinction events of large animals, the megafauna, in Earth’s past. Using advances in analysing ancient DNA, radiocarbon dating and other geologic records an international team led by researchers from the University of […]

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Media release: Forensic science and legal teams join forces on evidence

The need for greater collaboration and understanding between the judiciary, lawyers and forensic scientists will be highlighted at an international conference being held at the University of Adelaide next week. 300 delegates – including Chief Justices from Australia and other Commonwealth countries, and Professors of evidence law and forensic science from every continent – will […]

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Media release: Better DNA hair analysis for catching criminals

A simple, lower-cost new method for DNA profiling of human hairs developed by the University of Adelaide should improve opportunities to link criminals to serious crimes. The researchers have modified existing laboratory methods and been able to produce accurate DNA profiles from trace amounts at a much higher success rate. “Technological advancements over the last […]

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Podcast: The importance of ancient DNA

Associate Professor Jeremy Austin from the University of Adelaide’s Australian Centre for Ancient DNA spoke with Ewart Shaw on Radio Adelaide about the importance of ancient DNA research. Through the use of ancient DNA profiling, critical pieces of genetic information can be gained. From identifying bodies to understanding the impacts of climate change in managing […]

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Fish poo helps detect endangered River Murray species

The Murray hardyhead is an endangered fish species, once commonly found in abundance in the Murray Darling Basin, but now only small numbers are found in the Lower Lakes region. A recent ABC News story has highlighted the use of e-DNA testing to trace genetic material obtained from environmental samples such as ‘fish poo’ found in […]

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Podcast: Open access to ancient human DNA

Dr Jimmy Breen from the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD) was interviewed by Sarah Martin on Radio Adelaide’s The Sound of Science program about the new Online Ancient Genome Repository (OAGR). The OAGR, set up by ACAD with the assistance of the University of Adelaide Library and eResearch SA, catalogues ancient human genome and microbiome data from […]

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From Birdsong Metrics to Ancient Arctic DNA: Selected Publications from the 1st Quarter, 2014

In the first quarter of 2014, researchers at The Environment Institute have published on a vast array of topics, from Ancient DNA in the Arctic, to birdsongs to recommendations for improvements to guidelines such as the Ecological Footprint in order to better inform policy makers. A selection of these publications is listed below. 1. Fifty […]

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Ancient DNA unravels Europe’s genetic diversity

Ancient DNA recovered from a time series of skeletons in Germany spanning 4,000 years of prehistory has been used to reconstruct the first detailed genetic history of modern-day Europeans. The study, published today in Science, reveals dramatic population changes with waves of prehistoric migration, not only from the accepted path via the Near East, but […]

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