Museum specimens as DNA sources?

Sikes dss95002 at uconnvm.uconn.edu
Thu Dec 4 10:30:05 EST 1997


Dear Molecular Evolutionists,

Does anyone know of a pubished study that employed old, museum specimens 
as sources of DNA for phylogenetics?  I am not interested in 
paleo-research and Ancient DNA, but rather would like to address the 
question of the efficiency and feasibility of using, often 
more-available, museum specimens rather than field-collected, freshly 
frozen specimens.

I know of Phillips & Simon's 1995 paper, which demonstrates that it is 
possible to use old specimens, but has anyone made it work for an entire 
study?

Thank you,

Derek Sikes



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Derek Sikes
Dept. of Ecology and Evol. Biology U-43
University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT 06269  USA

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