This wet lab course teaches students core lab techniques of ancient DNA research, including DNA extraction from ancient bones, teeth, hair, and tissue, and PCR amplification and sequencing of extracted DNA. Species and human population identifications are employed using genetic data. Phylogenetic and population genetic inference techniques are taught to analyze the data. Special emphasis given to techniques for PCR amplification of inhibited DNA and sterile techniques for preventing modern DNA contamination. Biological anthro course. 4 credits. Prerequisite: ANTH 168 and 333. Course fee applies. Refer to the Schedule of Classes.
Fall 2019, Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016