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      Ancient DNA

      Hormone Research in Paediatrics

      S. Karger AG

      Molecular evolution, Ancient DNA, Polymerase chain reaction, Phylogeny, Archaeological material

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          Abstract

          The investigation of molecular traits for evolutionary studies is a valuable alternative to the classic morphological approach. Since the mid-1980s molecular evolution has extended its field of investigation into the past. This has become possible with development of the polymerase chain reaction, which allows amplification of, and hence the study of, DNA from individuals long since dead. Many ancient, mostly extinct, animals and plants have been studied in order to determine their phylogenetic relationships with extant species. The biochemical properties of ancient DNA are also under investigation. The modifications that this molecule undergoes over long periods of time are of great interest as attempts are made to retrieve DNA from increasingly older remains.

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          Journal
          HRE
          Horm Res Paediatr
          10.1159/issn.1663-2818
          Hormone Research in Paediatrics
          S. Karger AG
          978-3-8055-6139-6
          978-3-318-01697-0
          1663-2818
          1663-2826
          1995
          1995
          05 December 2008
          : 43
          : 4
          : 118-120
          Affiliations
          Zoological Institute, University of Munich, Germany
          Article
          184253 Horm Res 1995;43:118–120
          10.1159/000184253
          7750909
          © 1995 S. Karger AG, Basel

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          Introductory Lecture

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