Ancient DNA Lab

Laboratory for molecular studies on ancient human remains

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The analysis of ancient DNA unites the diverse disciplines of archaeology, physical anthropology and molecular biology. Genomic analysis of ancient finds offers the possibility to combine population genetics with history and also investigate the onset and development of ancient diseases. Due to the degraded nature of ancient DNA, the ancient DNA laboratory at EURAC provides tailored approaches to sample treatment, DNA extraction and its analysis. Sample processing, specialized extraction and library preparation of DNA for high throughput sequencing are performed in a dedicated clean room for ancient DNA. To avoid cross-contamination, post-PCR molecular analyses and histology are carried out in a separate laboratory.

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Eurac Research is a private research center based in Bolzano (South Tyrol) with researchers from a wide variety of scientific fields who come from all over the globe. Together, through scientific knowledge and research, they share the goal of shaping the future.

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Our research addresses the greatest challenges facing us in the future: people need health, energy, well-functioning political and social systems and an intact environment. These are complex questions, and we are seeking the answers in the interaction between many different disciplines. In so doing, our research work embraces three major themes: regions fit for living in, diversity as a life-enhancing feature, a healthy society.

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