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  • We report metrics from complete genome capture of nuclear DNA from extinct mammoths using biotinylated RNAs transcribed from an Asian elephant DNA extract. Enrichment of the nuclear genome ranged from 1.06- to 18.65-fold, to an apparent maximum threshold of ∼80% on-target. This projects an order of magnitude less costly complete genome sequencing from long-dead organisms, even when a reference genome is unavailable for bait design.


  • Enk, Jacob M
  • Devault, Alison M
  • Kuch, Melanie
  • Murgha, Yusuf E
  • Rouillard, Jean-Marie
  • Poinar, Hendrik

publication date

  • May 2014