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CGG official opening session November 2010

Centre Director, Professor Eske Willerslev at the centre's official opening session 7. September 2010. (Photo: Uffe Wilken, CGG).

Mission 

Ancient DNA research has progressed from the retrieval of short fragments of DNA from bones, to large-scale studies of ancient populations, phenotypically important nuclear loci, past ecosystems, and even whole mitochondrial and nuclear genomic sequences.

The Center for Geogenetics has positioned itself in the technological forefront of all this. By sequencing the Saqqaq genome we were the first to map the complete nuclear genome from an ancient human.

Through our multidisciplinary team, novel methodologies, and the access to highly unique specimens and sampling sites, we intend to re-address some of the most highly debated scientific topics in the past decades - carefully chosen in a strong belief, that ancient DNA research can provide fundamentally new insight. Or even shift current paradigms.