The Tree of Life gives us great insight into the Earth's biodiversity. It's a valuable tool used to assess conservation priorities by measuring and preserving the diversity of features that species have developed through their evolutionary history.
Did you know that DNA, or deoxyribonucleic acid, is the thread that connects all life on this planet? From bacteria to the Blue Whale, DNA is the blueprint that encodes the genetic instructions determining the size, shape and function of all living things.
The Museum’s Australian Centre for Wildlife Genomics (ACWG) conducts DNA-based research that ranges from investigating the evolution of species to understanding the patterns of genetic diversity and relatedness.
The results can be used to identify new species and help conserve those that are threatened. The ACWG also works with other organisations to provide species identifications, help detect pest species, track the effects of climate change and provide evidence to help solve wildlife crime.