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Ancient DNA research reveals evolutionary secrets of Game of Thrones dire wolves

Artwork credit: Mauricio Antón/Nature. Caption: Somewhere in Southwestern North America during the late Pleistocene, a pack of dire wolves (Canis dirus) are feeding on their bison kill, while a pair of grey wolves (Canis lupus) approach in the hopes of scavenging. One of the dire wolves rushes in to confront the grey wolves, and their confrontation allows a comparison of the bigger, larger-headed and reddish-brown dire wolf with its smaller, grey relative.

University of Adelaide scientists have sequenced the ancient DNA of dire wolf fossils for the first time and uncovered new secrets of the animal made famous by the TV show Game of Thrones.

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Genomics milestone: Scientists uncover genomes of platypus and echidna

Echidna CSI

University of Adelaide scientists have produced the first ever echidna genome and a greatly improved, high-quality platypus genome sequence.

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Vietnamese science student helping international arrivals thrive in Adelaide

Hien Minh (Jean) Vu - Plant Production Innovation student

International students are adapting to life at the University of Adelaide with the support of dedicated science student Hien Minh Vu.

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‘Vet tech’ degree to target emerging skills gap

Veterinary technology

The three-year Bachelor of Veterinary Technology at the University’s Roseworthy campus will train allied veterinary professionals.

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Does eating cruciferous vegetables protect us against breast cancer?

Cauliflower coloured by Reinhard Thrainer from Pixabay

Honours project: Explore the anti-breast cancer actions of isothiocyanates from cruciferous vegetables.

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Plasma coating of fertilisers

Ivan Andelkovic - Fertiliser Research

Honours project: Study advanced plasma polymer coatings for slow nutrient release fertilisers.

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Plant-based protein, sustainability and diet quality

Honours in Plant science

Honours project: Examine plant-based protein in relation to sustainability, diet quality and human health.

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Radiation is the world’s own superhero

Oliphant Science Awards 2020 - Chengcheng Zheng and Professor Murray Whitelaw

Chengcheng Zheng of Wilderness School receives science writing award at the SASTA Oliphant Science Awards.

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Roseworthy campus celebrates 20 years of animal science

Animal science sheep

It's been two decades since the relocation of viticulture and oenology teaching to Waite campus, and the animal science degree to Roseworthy.

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COVID-19 detector dog research and trials underway

A COVID-19 detector dog enrolled in the NOSAIS program led by professor Dominique Grandjean and Clothilde Julien from the Alfort Veterinary School (France)

14 dogs have begun their training as COVID-19 detector dogs.

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Competition: Young Scientist of the Year

How do we feed the world’s growing population? How do we save our wildlife from extinction? Got an idea that will build a brighter, greener world?

Australian high school students are invited to submit a short video about one of Australia’s big science challenges.

Video competition