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International Associated Laboratory « AMADEUS - AMADEUS : Advancing Methods in Ancient DNA for Environmental and Evolution History”

10 décembre 2018

Over the last ten years main technological innovations enabled to sequence the first human genome and extirpated species. The Center for GeoGenetic of the University of Copenhagen is a part of these few laboratories which have contributed to many of these technological advances. For example it was within this lab that the first human genome has been sequenced in 2010.

Director, Prof. Eske Willerslev has built up a solid reputation as a world leader in the field of molecular anthropology. From 2010 to 2017, it was with Prof. Ludovic Orlando that he developed his research group at the Center for Genetics.

Research Director at CNRS today, Prof. Ludovic Orlando participated in extending the old DNA boundaries and thus sequencing the oldest genome ever sequenced. He also succeeded in characterizing the first old epigenome, and to discover in the sediments molecular traces of the flora and the fauna that populated our ecosystems in bygone days.

Prof. Ludovic Orlando’s research group is located in France at the University Toulouse III Paul Sabatier – Laboratoire Anthropologie Moléculaire et imagerie de Synthèse, UMR 5288 – in order to advance and even further the frontiers of this disciplinary field. The covered topics are at the heart of the CNRS Institute of Ecology and Environment (INEE) missions. They consist, for example, in developing innovative tools, both on molecular and informatics levels, in order to facilitate the analysis of old DNA and the characterisation of the old epi(genome) at population scale. They aim to better identify how the past crisis have modified through evolution the epi(genomes) and microbiomes of humans as well as of domestic animals. Even more, their objective is to define how the human activities, the development and the old society tumbling down have impacted our environment.

By creating the International Associated Laboratory “Advancing Methods in Ancient DNA for Environmental and Evolution History – AMADEUS”, the CNRS ensures that Prof. Ludovic Orlando and Prof. Eske Willerslev have the opportunity to pursue their long and fruitful collaboration. The LIA AMADEUS will undoubtedly strengthen the close links that already exist between these two laboratories. It will also allow them to develop new research focuses facilitating the exchange of know-how and staff between France and Denmark.