Detailed information about the course
Ancient DNA: A Time-Machine to Study Evolution
29 August - 1st September 2022
|Lang||Workshop language is English|
Prof. Laurent Excoffier, UNIBE
Prof. Daniel Bradley, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
While the sequencing of DNA extracted from fossils has been attempted since 1983, several technological revolutions such as rigorous lab practices and the availability of next-generation sequencing now make it possible to obtain high-quality ancient DNA data for many organisms. This opens up an unprecedented opportunity to include data from multiple time points when studying evolutionary processes such as past demographic events or the action of selection. In this workshop we will explore the range of evolutionary questions that will benefit from ancient DNA, and discuss important considerations in designing and executing research projects using ancient DNA, as well as best practices in analyzing ancient DNA data. While the ancient DNA field had arguably its largest impact on the study of human evolution, we want to focus on its broader implications: how can ancient DNA help to disentangle the effect of selection and demography? How should modern population genomic analyses be tailored to be applicable to ancient DNA? What are appropriate samples sizes for ancient DNA to make a real contribution? And the ultimate question for participants: would the inclusion of ancient DNA data make a difference in answering my evolutionary research questions? In order to address and discuss these questions, we will bring together renowned international experts working with ancient DNA in various organisms.
Each speaker will be giving
Prior to these discussions, we will also offer a hands-on session focusing on the analysis of ancient DNA data for 1.5 days. The workshop is aimed at students in evolutionary biology that are using or are planning to use genetic data for their research. All participants will have the opportunity to present their work either in a short talk or a poster, and to discuss questions regarding their work with the invited experts and organizers.
Sunday August 28: Arrival
Monday August 29: Hands-on Session on bioinformatic tools particularly useful for ancient DNA:
Tuesday August 30: - Research Talk by invited speakers (30 min each)
Wednesday August 31: - Perspective Talk by invited speakers (30 min each)
Thursday September 1st:
Gemmi Pass, Leukerbad
The registration fees cover full board from Monday to Thursday (4 nights).
Reimbursements for CUSO StarOmics students:- Train ticket, 2nd class, half-fare from the central train station of your university to the place of the activity.
Deadline for registration: (June 15) CLOSED FOR NOW
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