Museum specimens as DNA sources?

James McInerney jamm at nhm.ac.uk
Fri Dec 5 14:08:42 EST 1997


Probably one of the first of these studies was carried out by Richard Tho=
and co-workers:

Thomas, R.H., W. Schaffner, A.C. Wilson, and S. P=E4=E4bo.  1989.  =

DNA phylogeny of the extinct marsupial wolf.  Nature, 340: 465-467.

But since then there have been many more studies.  In fact most museums
probably have a molecular research unit working on museum specimens.


Sikes wrote:
> =

> Dear Molecular Evolutionists,
> =

> Does anyone know of a pubished study that employed old, museum specimen=
> 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 entir=
> study?
> =

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James O. McInerney               email: J.mcinerney at nhm.ac.uk
Molec. Biol. Comput. Officer,    phone: +44 171 938 9247
Department of Zoology,           Fax:   +44 171 938 9158
The Natural History Museum,
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