Fri 14 Mar. 2014, 14:00
Title: From Bones to Genomes: Current State of Ancient DNA
Speaker: Stefan Prost, University of Otago, New Zealand & Swedish Natural History Museum, Stockholm
Recent advances in DNA extraction, targeted DNA and whole genome capture, and DNA library preparation methods have vastly advanced the field of ancient DNA research and enabled us to sequence genomes of hundreds of thousand year old samples. In my talk I will outline our current understanding of ancient DNA damage, DNA half life and methods. I will further show examples of how ancient DNA can tell us about our own history, as well as special adaptations and past life of extinct species.