Next-generation sequencing aids mummy DNA testing

08/7/2013 | The Scientist online

Next-generation sequencing is giving researchers a more accurate look at the DNA of mummies. "Next-gen sequencing allows us quite easily to see if we are dealing with authentic ancient human DNA," said Albert Zink, head of the EURAC Institute for Mummies and the Iceman in Bolzano, Italy. "We can also more easily identify small DNA fragments, so we don't lose as much information." The practice could help end the long-standing debate over the accuracy of ancient-DNA testing.

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