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Media Release: Mapping the thylacine’s mysterious loss from mainland

Ancient DNA extracted from fossil bones and museum specimens has shed new light on the mysterious loss of the Tasmanian tiger (thylacine) from Australia’s mainland.   The University of Adelaide study, published in the Journal of Biogeography, traces the history of thylacine populations over the last 30,000 years.   The researchers from the University’s Australian […]

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Commissioner’s Certificate of Appreciation

The Environment Institute congratulates Associate Professor Jeremy Austin from the University of Adelaide’s Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD) on receiving a Commissioner’s Certificate of Appreciation from the Queensland Police Commissioner, Ian Stewart. Associate Professor Austin provided DNA testing to confirm the identity of Daniel Morcombe’s skeletal remains. This critical piece of evidence helped return […]

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Australian Centre for Ancient DNA assists with Wynarka investigation

The work of the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD) recently featured in an article by ABC news. ACAD have been asked by police investigators to assist with trying to identify a child’s remains found months ago in Wynarka, South Australia. Associate Professor Jeremy Austin explains that finding a DNA match can be a slow […]

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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: 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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The battle against extinction

In a special feature in The Advertiser entitled ‘The fight to bring animals back from the brink,’ four University of Adelaide scientists explain their role in the battle against extinction of our native animals. From sea snakes to native quolls to the Tasmanian devil, these scientists are on the case. Read the full story. Image source: […]

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