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Ancient DNA: Recovery and Analysis

  1. Susanne Hummel

Published Online: 15 JUL 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0005342.pub2



How to Cite

Hummel, S. 2008. Ancient DNA: Recovery and Analysis. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. Georg August Universität of Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany

Publication History

  1. 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;
  • contamination;
  • authentification