Ancient DNA databank allows researchers to investigate human evolutionary changes



Senior Research Associate, Dr Jimmy Breen from the Environment Institute’s Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD), was interviewed recently by The Lead about the new On-line Ancient Genome Repository (OAGR).

A new world-first open access databank of ancient DNA will allow researchers worldwide to compare DNA from humans from thousands of years ago with modern day human genetics.

“It will allow users to track the evolution of particular genes that are important in human disease through time and geography – potentially opening the way for the design of new therapeutic treatments against these diseases,” says Dr Breen.

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