Analysis of whole mitogenomes from ancient samples

Analysis of whole mitogenomes from ancient samples

Gloria G. Fortes, Johanna L.A. Paijmans
(Submitted on 17 Mar 2015)

Ancient mitochondrial DNA has been used in a wide variety of palaeontological and archaeological studies, ranging from population dynamics of extinct species to patterns of domestication. Most of these studies have traditionally been based on the analysis of short fragments from the mitochondrial control region, analysed using PCR coupled with Sanger sequencing. With the introduction of high-throughput sequencing, as well as new enrichment technologies, the recovery of full mitochondrial genomes (mitogenomes) from ancient specimens has become significantly less complicated. Here we present a protocol to build ancient extracts into Illumina high-throughput sequencing libraries, and subsequent Agilent array-based capture to enrich for the desired mitogenome. Both are based on previously published protocols, with the introduction of several improvements aimed to increase the recovery of short DNA fragments, while keeping the cost and effort requirements low. This protocol was designed for enrichment of mitochondrial DNA in ancient or degraded samples. However, the protocols can be easily adapted for using for building libraries for shotgun-sequencing of whole genomes, or enrichment of other genomic regions.

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