Importance of Australian Aboriginal mtDNA Research

Uncle Lewis Yerloburka O’Brien, right, appears in a 1938 photograph collected by anthropologists along with a lock of his hair. Today, 87-year-old O’Brien is a Karuna elder, and DNA from his hair has been used to track the migration of his ancestors across Australia. Photo: South Australian Museum

Another interesting report on the research being conducted by Ray Tobler and Alan Cooper at the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA

Geneticists trace an Australian migration using Aboriginal artefacts

DNA Database for Australia

Jeremy Austin, project coordinator, ACAD

Jeremy Austin, project coordinator, ACAD

The Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD), at Adelaide University, is currently undertaking a project to collect the DNA from Australians who were born before 1945, or who have parents and grandparents who were born in Australia, in order to build a profile of early 20th century Australia. This database will be used to help with identifying soldiers who died overseas in various conflicts in the 20th century, as well as with unsolved missing persons cases. If you are interested in donating your DNA, please contact Jeremy Austin at ACAD:

jeremy.austin@adelaide.edu.au

You can read more at ACAD and also an article from the Sydney Morning Herald

War cemetery at Tol, New Guinea

War cemetery at Tol, New Guinea