Ongoing Project

Molecular genetic time travel and ancient diseases

Synopsis / Objectives

Develop efficient sample-processing and DNA extraction methods for analysis of human and viral DNAs as well as stable isotopes from bones and teeth, as well as internal soft tissues. Set up a next-generation sequencing (NGS) based method for human DNA markers for use in human identification, visible traits characterization and ancestry estimation. Develop an NGS based method for analysis of persistent human virus genomes for assessment of geographical origin, to assess inter- and intraorgan variability of persistent viruses in individuals.

IEETA Coordinator

University of Helsinki, Finland


January 1, 2021 - January 1, 2025

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