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Lilley Lab maps DNA repair enzyme in atomic detail

An enzyme crucial to the process of DNA repair in our cells has been mapped in atomic detail by researchers at the University of Dundee, the UK’s top-rated University for Biological Sciences.
DNA repair plays a key role in human diseases such as cancer. Researchers say that revealing the 3D molecular structure of a key enzyme involved in this process could be an important step towards developing future drugs.

"Forensic Hand Imaging Study"

You are invited to participate in a research study which investigates the reliability of hand scar identification from photographs. You will be asked to identify scars on your hands as well as have both hands photographed. Data collection will be set up on the CITR Street from 10-2 pm on Thursday, June 4th and should take no longer than 10 minutes. 




CAHID to co-ordinate meeting of academics and practitioners exploring the future of forensic science research

The future direction of forensic science research and how it may be expanded beyond a reliance on DNA analysis will be explored at the Royal Society of Edinburgh tomorrow (Thurs Dec 5th).

Until now, this field has been dominated by a single focus on the development of DNA analysis largely to the potential detriment of the application of other technological advances.

CAHID awarded Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher Education

The University of Dundee’s Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification has been awarded a prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education.

Presented in recognition of `world class excellence’ the Queen’s Anniversary Prizes are among the most highly-regarded awards for the UK’s universities and colleges.

CAHID, which is headed by Professor Sue Black, is one of the world’s foremost institutions for the study and application of human anatomy, forensic human identification, disaster victim identification and forensic and medical art.

"Forensic Investigations in Nepal"

Professor Ranta is an eminent Forensic Odontologist and is the Leader of the Finnish Forensic Expert Team.  She has participated in many high profile forensic investigations including the Estonia ferry disaster, repatriation of Finnish soldiers killed in action during WW2, assessing mass graves for the Peruvian Truth & Reconciliation Commission and the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq.  She was the Finnish DVI Odontologist post-tsunami in Thailand in 2004 and is presently the forensic expert for the National Human Rights Commission in Nepal.

Forensic and Medical Art Research Group reveal the face of Mary, Queen of Scots for national exhibition

The face of Mary, Queen of Scots, as she would have looked at the time of her reign, has been brought back to life by a renowned team of experts from the University of Dundee.

The team were commissioned to recreate a 3D virtual sculpture of Mary’s face for a major new exhibition on her life that opens at the National Museum of Scotland this Friday. They have previously worked on major projects to reconstruct the faces of Bach, Cleopatra’s sister, Simon of Sudbury and Richard III among others.