Timing of testing - DNA question

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Timing of testing - DNA question

Post by sweetspottina » Mon Jun 11, 2007 5:27 pm

If DNA testing were being done on a recently deceased person for the purpose of establishing a familial link to other long-deceased bodies, could it be accomplished within a six week period, assuming that all red tape (i.e. issuance of a court order to disinter the other bodies) was easily disposed of?

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Post by mith » Mon Jun 11, 2007 8:04 pm

Depends on how well the body is being kept. But given a large enough sample I think it's doable.
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Post by canalon » Mon Jun 11, 2007 9:56 pm

Technically, if there is enough DNA to test (and this will depends on the conditions of the conservation of the body) the test itself is a PCR and will take only a few hours. The DNA extraction might be a longer process. It also seems that the samples are not treated as soon as they arrive in the few labs I have ssen advertising this kind of service. So it will also depends on the labs "backlog". Or maybe they can charge you extra to go faster?

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Post by kotoreru » Tue Jun 12, 2007 1:17 am

Yeh should be cool, though I'm basing this purely on the idea that there is a neanderthal genome project. For goodness sake...
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