SNIC
SUPR
SNIC SUPR
Estimation of age-at-death
Dnr:

SNIC 2018/8-186

Type:

SNAC Small

Principal Investigator:

Torsten G√ľnther

Affiliation:

Uppsala universitet

Start Date:

2018-05-16

End Date:

2019-06-01

Primary Classification:

10610: Bioinformatics and Systems Biology (methods development to be 10203)

Webpage:

Allocation

Abstract

There are different methodologies employed for estimating the age of death in individuals. The employed methods are for example: chemical methods and comparison of remains like bones and teeth. The accuracy of these approaches depends on different factors. For the comparison of fossils one has to consider that the physical age does not correlate with the chronological age. Outcomes performed with different techniques can be affected by the restriction of damaged DNA, unequal distribution of chemical in parts of remains or the access of specific tissue. The goal of this project is to explore whether a DNA sequence-based method could be used to estimate the age-of-death for ancient individuals.