Siemens grant to CGG master student – University of Copenhagen

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07 April 2014

Siemens grant to CGG master student

Master student Peter de Barros Damgaard from the Eske Willerslev Group has been granted 35,000 DKK from the Siemens foundation to support his research in the Centre for GeoGenetics. The Siemens foundation was created in 1966 to financially support pioneering student projects in the areas of natural sciences. The support was granted Peter B. Damgaard on Friday 4. April by the Communication Director of Siemens John Finnich Pederson and the Associate Dean of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Copenhagen.

Archaic bone and teeth

The Siemens Foundation will support Peter B. Damgaard in carrying out a series of experiments on a range of ancient human bones and teeth that aims to biochemically increase the amount of endogenous DNA molecules to be high-throughput sequenced. On top of producing data for large ancient human population genetic studies, these method improvements will hopefully become valuable and useful in the area of paleogenomics that deals with archaic bone and teeth.

- If our initial findings prove correct in the repeated experiments, our results could elevate the cost-efficiency of high-throughput sequencing of ancient DNA, and in fact broaden the spectrum of samples that can be used at all for ancient genomic profiling, says MSc student Peter B. Damgaard. And he continues:

- In the first place, this method improvement will  facilitate the whole genome sequencing of the exceptionnally well preserved samples, but it will also allow the highly degraded majority, and archaeologically crucial samples, that we previously discarded as dead-ends in a shot gun sequencing perspective to actually yield useful data.