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Guest Post: Dr Laura Weyrich delights audiences at Pint of Science

Dr Laura Weyrich writes for us about speaking at Pint of Science, last month.   Speaking to the public about science has to be the best part of my job as a research scientist.  I’ve said that over and over again, and I genuinely mean it.  Sure, a bunch of scientist can get together and […]

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Dr Bastien Llamas has been awarded an ARC Future Fellowship

We would like to formally congratulate Dr Bastien Llamas on his ARC Future Fellowship. Dr Llamas is part of the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA,  one of the top laboratories in the world for ancient DNA research. He has been awarded almost $700,000 to create the first ultra high-quality Aboriginal Australian reference genome to explore […]

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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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