Amplification of Y-chromosomal STRs from ancient skeletal material
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- Schultes, T., Hummel, S. & Herrmann, B. Hum Genet (1999) 104: 164. doi:10.1007/s004390050930
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The adaptation to ancient DNA analysis of a Y-chromosomal STR (short tandem repeat) multiplex comprising the four STR systems DYS19, DYS390, and DYS389I/II shows the suitability of Y-chromosomal STR typing on ancient human remains. A new primer site for the system, DYS389I/II, resulting in products shortened by 94 bp, was chosen to serve the special needs of amplification of ancient DNA. For the first time, it was possible to amplify STR loci of the Y chromosome from historical and prehistorical bones of up to 3000 years old.