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New method developed to find DNA in ancient bones

A researcher in Norway has developed a new method to determine whether ancient bones contain DNA.

This approach could overcome a major problem of identifying useful genetic material in large collections of prehistoric bones without resorting to extensive and expensive laboratory studies.

Hege Ingjerd Hollund proposes a combination of three screening methods – microscope examination, inspection with ultraviolet light and infra-red spectrometry (a form of chemical analysis).

“No single way of checking old bones produces an adequate result,” she explains. “I believe combining different approaches will give the best outcome.”

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Story: Ida Gudjonsson, Physorg | Photo: Physorg

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