Mosaics of ancient mitochondrial DNA: positive indicators of nonauthenticity

Abstract

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… (More)
DOI: 10.1038/sj.ejhg.5201476

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