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19th century family saga re-told by DNA recovered from postcard stamps
JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift)
ID 4657937
Author(s) Haas, Cordula; Körner, Christian; Sulzer, Andrea; Kratzer, Adelgunde
Author(s) at UniBasel Körner, Christian
Year 2022
Title 19th century family saga re-told by DNA recovered from postcard stamps
Journal Forensic Science International
Volume 330
Pages / Article-Number 111129
Mesh terms Child; Chromosomes, Human, Y; DNA; DNA Fingerprinting; DNA, Ancient; Family; Humans; Male; Microsatellite Repeats
Abstract Old postcards with stamps might help unravelling historical family stories and relationships. By employing ancient DNA recovered from world war I postage stamps, we disprove a family saga of an illegitimate child born in 1887. We developed a protocol to collect DNA from saliva, trapped and protected on the backside of postage stamps glued on postcards. With replicate STR analyses we were able to assemble almost full autosomal and Y-STR profiles of three male, deceased family members. The illegitimate child turned out to be a legitimate child of a later married couple.
ISSN/ISBN 0379-0738 ; 1872-6283
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Digital Object Identifier DOI 10.1016/j.forsciint.2021.111129
PubMed ID
ISI-Number 000737108800001
Document type (ISI) Article

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