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Pint of Science with Laura Weyrich

Pint of Science is coming to Adelaide, bringing together science enthusiasts over a nice, cold bevvy. This year’s Pint of Science will feature our very own Dr Laura Weyrich. Weyrich is an expert on ancient DNA and the original palaeo diet. Using DNA sequencing of ancient dental tar, she reconstructs diets of Neanderthals long gone. […]

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Media Release: Dental plaque DNA shows Neandertals used ‘aspirin’

Ancient DNA found in the dental plaque of Neandertals – our nearest extinct relative – has provided remarkable new insights into their behaviour, diet and evolutionary history, including their use of plant-based medicine to treat pain and illness. Published today in the journal Nature, an international team led by the University of Adelaide’s Australian Centre […]

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New Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage

A seven-year, $45.7 million centre will investigate the beginning of Australia’s unique biodiversity and Indigenous heritage, while inspiring Australian children to engage with science. The Australia Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage will bring together 20 institutions and museums worldwide to unlock the history of Australia, Papua New Guinea and […]

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Sprigg Lecture Series: Lessons from Neandertals

Dr Laura Weyrich will present a seminar entitled “Lessons from neandertals: how your bacteria contribute to your health, your thoughts, and your past” at the next Sprigg Lecture Series at the SA Museum Abstract: Dr Laura Weyrich from the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA will uncover what it means to be human, given that the body actually contains […]

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Ancient Teeth on TV

Professor Alan Cooper and Dr Laura Weyrich appeared on the August 1 episode of the ABC’s Catalyst talking about what ancient DNA and teeth can tell us sugar, bacteria, agriculture and disease. “90% of the cells that you’re walking around with right now aren’t yours – they’re actually bacteria. You’re only about 10%. So, it’s […]

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