Ancient Dna: Recovery and Analysis of Genetic Material from Paleontological, Archaeological, Museum…

Paperback | July 19, 1996

EditorBernd Herrmann, Susanne Hummel, Bernd Herrmann

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Ancient DNA refers to DNA which can be recovered and analyzed from clinical, museum, archaeological and paleontological specimens. Ancient DNA ranges in age from less than 100 years to tens of millions of years. The study of ancient DNA is a young field, but it has been revolutionized by the application of polymerase chain reaction technology, and interest is growing very rapidly. Fields as diverse as evolution, anthropology, medicine, agriculture, and even law enforcement have quickly found applications in the recovery of ancient DNA. This book contains contributions from many of the "first generation" researchers who pioneered the development and application of ancient DNA methods. Their chapters present the protocols and precautions which have resulted in the remarkable results obtained in recent years. The range of subjects reflects the wide diversity of applications that are emerging in research on ancient DNA, including the study of DNA to analyze kinship, recovery of DNA from organisms trapped in amber, ancient DNA from human remains preserved in a variety of locations and conditions, DNA recovered from herbarium and museum specimens, and DNA isolated from ancient plant seeds or compression fossils. Ancient DNA will serve as a valuable source of information, ideas, and protocols for anyone interested in this extraordinary field.

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Interest in ancient DNA is growing very rapidly in fields as diverse as evolution, anthropology, medicine, agriculture, and even law enforcement. This is a valuable source of information, ideas, and protocols for everyone interested in this extraordinary field. 50 illustrations; 10 tables

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Ancient DNA refers to DNA which can be recovered and analyzed from clinical, museum, archaeological and paleontological specimens. Ancient DNA ranges in age from less than 100 years to tens of millions of years. The study of ancient DNA is a young field, but it has been revolutionized by the application of polymerase chain reaction tec...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:284 pages, 9.25 × 6.1 × 0.27 inPublished:July 19, 1996Publisher:Springer New York

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ISBN - 10:0387943080

ISBN - 13:9780387943084

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Interest in ancient DNA is growing very rapidly in fields as diverse as evolution, anthropology, medicine, agriculture, and even law enforcement. This is a valuable source of information, ideas, and protocols for everyone interested in this extraordinary field. 50 illustrations; 10 tables

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"the strength of this volume is in its attention to detail...I recommend this book as an affordable primer for individuals and laboratories interested in prospecting for and applying ancient DNA." American Scientist