Ancient DNA pp 121-132 | Cite as

Quantitative Real-Time PCR in aDNA Research

  • Michael BunceEmail author
  • Charlotte L. Oskam
  • Morten E. Allentoft
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 840)


Quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR) is a technique that is widely used in the field of ancient DNA (aDNA). Quantitative PCR can be used to optimize aDNA extraction methodologies, to detect PCR inhibition, and to quantify aDNA libraries for use in high-throughput sequencing. In this chapter, we outline factors that need to be considered when developing efficient SYBR Green qPCR assays. We describe how to setup qPCR standards of known copy number and provide some useful tips regarding interpretation of qPCR data generated from aDNA templates.

Key words

qPCR Ancient DNA SYBR Green PCR inhibition qPCR standard DNA extraction optimization Library quantitation 



MB was supported by the Australian Research Council as a Future Fellow (FT0991741). We thank Jayne Houston and James Haile for helpful discussions and Beth Shapiro for valuable editorial inputs.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Bunce
    • 1
    Email author
  • Charlotte L. Oskam
    • 1
  • Morten E. Allentoft
    • 1
  1. 1.Ancient DNA Laboratory, School of Biological Sciences and BiotechnologyMurdoch UniversityPerthAustralia

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