Molecular technologies have opened the door to new areas of exploration that include biological studies of ancient remains.
Helix Biological Laboratory performs analyses of paleo samples derived from sources such as archaeological sites, burial sites, excavation sites and museum specimens that have biological and/or historical significance.
Depending upon the condition of the sample, mitochondrial and/or nuclear DNA may be extracted and DNA sequence obtained from samples such as degraded faunal and floral remains, teeth, bones, tissue, hair, artifacts and archival specimens.
The DNA sequence obtained from PCR derived DNA templates may assist in such things as:
Verification of Identity
Identification of Rare or Unidentified Species
Establishment of Origins and Relationships of Species
Evolutionary Biology Studies