Ancient DNA Training Program dates announced

The Lakehead University Paleo-DNA Laboratory is offering students the opportunity to participate in our annual Ancient DNA Training Program. This year we are delivering the course from May 10th to 28th, 2010.
During this hands-on laboratory and lecture program, students are taught various extraction, purification, and amplification methodologies and provided instruction in data analysis. They will work on their own blood, buccal, and hair samples and will generate their own nuclear DNA profile, determine their own mitochondrial haplotype, and learn sex identification. The methodology will include Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), PCR-RFLP (Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphism), multiplex PCR, sequencing, and gel and capillary electrophoresis.  Students will practice preparing samples from a number of different tissue types such as bone, teeth, hair, blood residues and mummified tissue.
Students will learn to recognize the use of genetic analysis and its potential in archaeozoology, palaeopathology, archaeology, forensic science, palaeobotany and palaeontology.  Lectures by experts in the fields of archaeology, genetics, ancient DNA, forensic science, palaeopathology and more are integrated with the laboratory sessions.
If you would like registration forms or further information, please visit the Paleo DNA Laboratory website at or feel free to contact Cheryl Jaspers at or toll free at 1-866-DNA-LABS. 

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