Institute of Archaeology
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  • Involving seminars, a lecture series and laboratory work.

The development of molecular techniques for the analysis of DNA has proved to be rapid over the last 20 years and many of these new methods are now finding applications in the fields of Anthropology and Archaeology. These applications include the study of inherited diseases, determination of kinship patterns within and between populations, the reconstruction of past population movements and the study of infectious diseases in past populations. In addition, patterns of genetic variation have enabled researchers to address questions relating to the origins of modern humans and the relationship between humans and other primates. This course will cover the nature of genetic material, genetic variation, mutation, molecular methodologies (including ancient DNA techniques) and some of the demographic questions being tackled using molecular techniques.


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Availability: Running in 2014-15


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