News: Genetics

Don’t focus on genetic diversity to save our species

Once found throughout the semi-arid range country in South Australia, New South Wales and south-west Queensland, the yellow-footed rock wallaby is now endangered in Queensland and NSW and vulnerable in SA. Image by Philip Barrington from Pixabay.

Scientists have challenged the common assumption that genetic diversity of a species is a key indicator of extinction risk.

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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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$7m boost for sciences research

Researcher photo Linda Armbrecht

ARC Discovery projects showcase the dynamic breadth of sciences research at the University of Adelaide.

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Why are fossils more often male?

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University of Adelaide researchers have discovered that fossil and museum collections around the world are home to more male than female mammals.

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Spaghetti and mud pies scoop 3-Minute Thesis final

Sciences 3 minute thesis finals 2019 winners

The depth and diversity of research student projects in the Faculty of Sciences was once again on display at this week's final of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition.

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African origins of giant extinct New Zealand bird revealed

Adzebill skeleton on display in the Canterbury Museum, New Zealand

Scientists have revealed the African origins of New Zealand’s most mysterious giant flightless bird – the now extinct adzebill – showing that some of its closest living relatives are the pint-sized flufftails from Madagascar and Africa.

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Researchers link penguin evolution to island formation

News - Penguin Evolution

DNA from prehistoric penguin bones analysed by University of Adelaide scientists, have contributed to new findings about the evolution of these aquatic flightless birds.

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11,000 year old genomes uncover population history of the Americas

Ancient DNA - skeleton Americas

11,000 year old genomes uncover remarkable details about the population history of Central and South America.

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Emu DNA uncovers size secrets of our native bird

Emu image

Genetics researchers from the Faculty of Sciences have discovered that the size of emus correlated to the size of the islands they inhabited.

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