Ancient Bee DNA

Kevin O'Donnell odonnell at
Thu Jul 28 02:29:42 EST 1994

In article <3160su$k6u at>, dsammata at (Diana Sammataro) says:
>Dear Netters:
>I have just obtained some bees (mostly chitin and little muscle tissue) from a 
>archeological site. They are around 800 years old and I wish to extract the 
>DNA, if any, that may be there. I have done RAPDs on bees and mites but I don't
>know how to extract this old DNA.
>Suggestions would be helpful.  Thanks in advance.
>Diana Sammataro
>Ohio State University
>Dept. Entomology
>1735 Neil Ave
>Columbus, OH 43210 1220
>Phone: 614 292 9089

A good source of info for this kind of thing is the Ancient DNA
Newsletter.  This is available from Dr R. K. Wayne
Institute of Zoology
Zoological Society of London
Regent's Park

Kevin O'Donnell
Scottish Agricultural Science Agency    

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