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2017

Ancient DNA from Egyptian mummies: A tale of authentication

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Today, our study “Ancient Egyptian mummy genomes suggest an increase of Sub-Saharan African ancestry in post-Roman periods” got published in Nature Communications. After initial doubts that enbalmed mummies even contain any authentic DNA, we were able to extract valid and authentic DNA from bone and teeth material using well-established NGS methods such as mitochondrial capture (Maricic et al 2010) and nuclear 1240K capture (see Haak et al 2015 for details).