How is the genetic revolution transforming our ability to understand human and environmental problems?
As the large-scale analysis of DNA gets cheaper and easier, we are witnessing a revolution in our abilities to forensically investigate human and biodiversity issues.
The Institute has leading edge DNA forensic capabilities and works with national and international clients. This is based on a range of novel and innovative techniques for forensic identification of humans, plants and animals.
Our capacities are used for environment forensics, for example tracking timber back to its source so that we can determine if it has been legally or illegally logged.
Such work is also used in court. This can even be for criminal proccedings - for example identifying ancient DNA samples, collected from a potential crime site, to enable identification.