The moment of DNA extraction is crucial because recovering high quality DNA ensures the success of subsequent procedures and, consequently, better analysis. The aDNA is characterized by a low number of copies and being fragmented or degraded, which makes it susceptible to being contaminated by modern DNA. Precautions and controls must be very strict.
The aDNA new lab is located on the basement of the CEK Building, and consists of 30 square meters equipped with positive pressure and ultraviolet light. The area is mainly focused on the extraction of DNA from ancient teeth from human remains belonging to a site of the first century AD located in the city of Tarragona. It was possible thanks to funding from the Medigene European health project (7th FP), and was supported by CIBERDEM.
The aim of this pioneering project is to create a collection of aDNA samples with the highest quality by following the most accurate and sterile procedures.