Ancient DNA: Recovery and Analysis
Published Online: 15 JUL 2008
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How to Cite
Hummel, S. 2008. Ancient DNA: Recovery and Analysis. eLS. .
- Published Online: 15 JUL 2008
Ancient deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) can be recovered from any preserved organic remains of both dead and living organisms and is characterized by degradation down to a few hundred base pairs. The analysis requires especially adapted parameters for DNA extraction, PCR (polymerase chain reaction)-based amplification and specific strategies for data validation.
- ancient DNA;
- DNA preservation;
- DNA extraction;