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Evolution of the Mitochondrial Genome
Polymerase Chain Reaction
Cycle Sequencing

Solving the Mystery of the Neandertals
Solving the Mystery of the


The following video clips are from an interview with Dr. Svante Pääbo, Director of the Department of Evolutionary Genetics, Max Planck Institute. Select the clip will launch the RealPlayer in a separate window. If your browser is not equipped for RealPlayer content, go to the Real web site to download the free RealPlayer.

Clip 1: 1 minute 27 seconds
What is the age limit of DNA?

Clip 2: 45 seconds
What contributes to DNA degradation?

Clip 3: 1 minute 15 seconds
How to pick the best sample from which to isolate DNA.

Clip 4:
1 minute 12 seconds
Problems with getting "true" ancient DNA.

Clip 5:
50 seconds
How he ended up working with ancient DNA.

Clip 6:
41 seconds
The inheritance of accumlated mutations.

Clip 7:
29 seconds
Why it was relatively easier to reconstruct mitochondrial DNA sequences.

Clip 8:
1 minute 8 seconds
The Neandertal question: are they related to modern humans or not?

Clip 9:
40 seconds
What molecular genetics tells us about the Neandertal relationship to modern humans.

Clip 10:
59 seconds
Other possible ancient DNA results.

M I T O C H O N D R I A L  C O N T R O L  R E G I O N

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