DNA & more - What we do
The Australian Museum's Genetic Unit is one of the few museum genetics facilities in Australia.
For the Australian Museum's researchers and external clients we answer questions regarding identification of species. Through DNA analysis we get a clue which species it is, or where it belongs to. And sometimes we even discover new species.
Further, the Gentics Unit curates the Frozen Tissue Collection - approx. 70,000 samples comprising a large variety of both exotic and native Australian animals.
There has been a large amount of research work done in the Genetics Unit since its inception – as the "Evolutionary Biology Unit" - in 1988, which has been contributed to by many highly skilled staff over the years.
We are involved in a wide range of scientific research both within the Australian Museum, with external institutions and other government agencies.
You might wonder, what this is good for - in fact analysing DNA became an important part of research. For biology as well as medical science, and even (believe it or not) aviation.
To find out more, explore our Molecular Research Projects & meet the team in white lab coats.
Mr Martin Pueschel , Scientific Illustrator