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Australian Centre for Wildlife Genomics has launched

By: Maxine Kauter, Category: Science, Date: 20 Nov 2012

Our new centre will answer questions about forensics, conservation and biodiversity.

Dr Rebecca Johnson, Head of ACWG

Sue Lindsay © Australian Museum

The newly established Australian Centre for Wildlife Genomics (ACWG) at the Australian Museum draws on the knowledge of Museum wildlife experts and molecular biologists to answer questions about forensics, conservation and biodiversity.

"The Centre holds an extensive frozen tissue collection which preserves genetic material from thousands of species," said ACWG Head Dr Rebecca Johnson. ‘It’s a key resource for our forensic work in identifying smuggled wildlife, quarantine incursions and wildlife involved in aviation strikes.’

Listen to Rebecca's interview with Karen Michelmore from ABC 702: Inside Sydney's Frozen Zoo.

Meet ACWG staff.