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Type: Journal article
Title: Problems of reproducibility - does geologically ancient DNA survive in amber preserved insects?
Author: Austin, J.
Ross, A.
Smith, A.
Fortey, R.
Thomas, R.
Citation: Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B, 1997; 264(1381):467-474
Publisher: The Royal Society
Issue Date: 1997
ISSN: 0962-8452
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Jeremy J. Austin, Andrew J. Ross, Andrew B. Smith, Richard A. Fortey and Richard H. Thomas
Abstract: Apparently ancient DNA has been reported from amber-preserved insects many millions of years old. Rigorous attempts to reproduce these DNA sequences from amber- and copal-preserved bees and flies have failed to detect any authentic ancient insect DNA. Lack of reproducibility suggests that DNA does not survive over millions of years even in amber, the most promising of fossil environments.
Keywords: Animals; Insects; Amber; DNA; DNA Replication; Base Sequence; Genes, Insect; Fossils; Molecular Sequence Data; Biological Evolution
Rights: © 1997 The Royal Society
RMID: 0030001056
DOI: 10.1098/rspb.1997.0067
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