Genome Biology is calling for submissions to our Collection on the extraction, sequencing, and analysis of genetic material from ancient biological remains, providing a unique window into the past.
The study of ancient DNA represents a pivotal frontier in genomics with profound implications for our understanding of history, evolution, ecology, and disease dynamics. By unlocking the genetic information in ancient samples, we gain unprecedented insights into past populations, their migrations, admixture events, and adaptations to environmental changes. Ancient DNA analysis also allows for the reconstruction of ancient microbial communities, providing a unique perspective on the evolution of microorganisms in hosts, environments, and unique ecosystems, and it contributes to our knowledge of historical disease outbreaks.
This Collection welcomes submissions on advances in ancient DNA sequencing and analysis, with insights into paleogenomics, ancient metagenomics, pathogen genomics, and evolution. Submission topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Paleogenomics and historical migrations, population dynamics, and adaptation to changing environments in humans, animals, and other species.
- Metagenomics of ancient microbial communities and the evolution of microorganisms, including ancient pathogen genomics.
- Sedimentary DNA (sedaDNA) or ancient environmental DNA (eDNA) applications to reconstruct past ecologies.
- Evolutionary dynamics, adaptive changes, selective pressures, and genetic variation.
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