Vodcast: CSI Adelaide (Research Tuesdays)

As the success of TV series like Silent Witness and CSI proves, the world is hooked on small-screen forensics.

But as this special Research Tuesdays Forum showed, our local expertise renders these stylised fictions dull by comparison.

Associate Jeremy Austin was one of the leading forensics-focused University of Adelaide researchers, who’s presentations showed how:

  • dental evidence is gathered and analysed to identify bodies, interpret bitemarks and inform profiling
  • advanced DNA-analysis is identifying highly-degraded human remains from as far back as WWII
  • detailed soil analysis has helped solve a range of recent and cold-case homicides in Adelaide and interstate
  • investigative breakthroughs are increasingly coming through identification of individuals from body-part measurements obtained in images.


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