Technical Tips for Obtaining Reliable DNA Identification of Historic Human Remains

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DNA analysis has become an important tool for the identification of historic individuals. False results may occur if the historic sample becomes contaminated.
Both historic archaeologists and DNA researchers are provided here with specific technical tips in order to obtain reliable DNA results: (1) historic bone samples
should be clean collected for DNA analysis; (2) short, overlapping mitochondrial DNA fragments should be used for the historic bone samples, while longer mtDNA fragments should be targeted for the assumed living relatives; and (3) hair or cheek swab samples from the assumed relatives should be collected and analyzed only after the bone DNA analysis is completed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-15
Number of pages5
JournalTechnical Briefs in Historical Archaeology
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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