Mosaics of ancient mitochondrial DNA: positive indicators of nonauthenticity

@article{Bandelt2005MosaicsOA,
  title={Mosaics of ancient mitochondrial DNA: positive indicators of nonauthenticity},
  author={Hans-J{\"u}rgen Bandelt},
  journal={European Journal of Human Genetics},
  year={2005},
  volume={13},
  pages={1106-1112}
}
  • H. Bandelt
  • Published 1 October 2005
  • Biology
  • European Journal of Human Genetics
Research into ancient mitochondrial DNA is plagued by contamination, post mortem damage, and other artefacts. The stringent set of controls suggested by Cooper and Poinar a few years ago are, however, rarely followed in practice, and even when applied carefully, these criteria need not be sufficient to guarantee authenticity. The fairly relaxed prerequisites now common for ancient population studies have opened the door for all kinds of contamination and sequencing errors to enter ancient mtDNA… 

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