Brief communication

minimally invasive bone sampling method for DNA analysis

Victoria E. Gibbon, Clem B. Penny, Goran Štrkalj, Paul Ruff

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Obtaining a bone sample for DNA analysis has traditionally been a destructive practice, which has resulted in reluctance on behalf of curators for skeletal collections to allow invasive testing. A novel minimally invasive bone sampling method for DNA analysis is presented here. This method uses a conventional hand drill wherein the bone sample is extracted from the intercondylar fossa of the femur; it does not interfere with any known anthropometric landmarks and only leaves a small hole on the surface of the bone. The temperature of the drill is documented and it was established due to the minor increase in temperature, that this should not affect the molecular integrity of the sample. This method is easily replicated and is suitable for both human and other animal skeletal material and can be applied to rare specimens with little risk.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)596-599
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Physical Anthropology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2009

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