Amplification of human short tandem repeats from medieval teeth and bone samples.

@article{Zierdt1996AmplificationOH,
  title={Amplification of human short tandem repeats from medieval teeth and bone samples.},
  author={H Zierdt and Susanne Hummel and Bernd Herrmann},
  journal={Human biology},
  year={1996},
  volume={68 2},
  pages={185-99}
}
The suitability of typing hypervariable DNA loci for the genetic analysis of prehistoric populations is demonstrated for the first time. Alleles of the human short tandem repeat locus VWA31/A have been amplified from ancient teeth and bone samples derived from an early medieval burial site at Weingarten, Germany, using the polymerase chain reaction. The DNA results for 76 individuals reveal remarkable similarity of the allelic frequencies between the past and modern populations. A surplus of… CONTINUE READING