Prof Bill Ballard's Project Wins PacBio World's Most Interesting Genome competition


Further to our news item of 16 March, we are delighted to share the news that Sandy the dingo is a winner!

A proposal by BABS Professor Bill Ballard and collaborator from USYD Professor Claire Wade to decode Sandy's DNA was one of five finalists worldwide in the PacBio's SMRT Grant competition. 'Dancing with Dingoes' then entered fierce competition with the other four finalists in a public vote that closed on 6 April.


The bid received wide support across UNSW, with Bill showcasing two dingoes on campus to help raise awareness along with an array of digital reminders to staff and students to cast their daily vote. Local paper The Southern Courier covered the visit, and published a great article that no doubt helped get the project over the finish line in first place.

The UNSW Newsroom has put together a great summary of the competition, including the background to Sandy's origins.