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 process and although his work is predominantly with extinct plants and animals, the same techniques can be applied to the Wynarka murder investigation.
“The techniques we use are broadly very similar. With an extinct animal bone or a human bone we still have to powder the bone, extract the DNA and then analyse the DNA,” says Associate Professor Austin.
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