SEB Gothenburg 2017 Session Report: Palaeogenomics and Ancient DNA

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SEB Gothenburg 2017 Session Report: Palaeogenomics and Ancient DNA 

Organised by: Dr Laura Parducci (Uppsala University, Sweden), Dr Richard Tennant (University of Exeter, UK), Dr John Love (University of Exeter, UK)


Research in Palaeogenomics and Ancient DNA is dictated and directed by the developments in experimental techniques and in silico advancements. As samples continue to be obtained from diverse sources the expansion of palaeogenomics follows. At this years SEB Annual Main Meeting, an insight to this ever growing field was presented.

We discussed how ancient DNA analysis has tracked ancient human populations across Northern Europe, investigating the adaptation to Northern latitudes and were also given a glimpse into how some of these ancient genotypes may have translated into phenotypes. Not only is palaeogenomic research investigating ancient humans but it has also facilitated the dating of Bison entering North America and pinpointed when the woolly mammoth became extinct. Sedimentary archives offer an excellent resource of ancient DNA and research in this area was shown to be expanding rapidly especially in plant palaeogenomics which, as reference libraries become more robust, is allowing more species to be identified within sediments.
The session highlighted how palaeogenomics and ancient DNA continues to be extremely diverse and remains a fascinating area of research, for those directly involved but also for the wider scientific community



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