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The young research fellow of IMBB was on a scientific trip at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology + Photo Oct 04, 2023 | 11:00 / Scientific mission

On 01-29 September 2023, Zarintaj Rustamova, doctoral student of the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnologies of MSE RA, and junior researcher of the Laboratory of Population Genomics was on a scientific trip at the Department of Archaeogenetics of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, located in Leipzig, Germany, headed by Paabo Svante, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine in 2022. Here, she completed an internship under the guidance of Dr. Harald Ringbauer, head of the bioinformatics group. Various historical cultures obtained from archaeological excavations within the framework of joint scientific cooperation between the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnologies and the Institute of Archaeology, Ethnography and Anthropology of ANAS, especially 43 anthropological materials related to Kura-Araz, Khojaly-Gadabey, Talish-Mugan, Leyla-Tape cultures are planned to be studied by the MHAAM (Max Planck – Harvard Research Center for the Archaeoscience of the Ancient Mediterranean) project led by the director of the Department of Archaeogenetics Prof. Dr. Johannes Krausenin and Prof Michael McCormick. During the visit, the anthropological materials brought from Azerbaijan were initially identified and placed in the institute's database (Pandora). At the same time, the young researcher got acquainted with laboratories equipped with the latest technologies, where ancient and modern DNA research is carried out at the EVER Pharma company located in Jena, Germany. In these laboratories, surface cleaning of primary anthropological materials, packaging and identification of photographic images are carried out, and materials are prepared for the drilling stage and ground into powder. Agilent Technologies robotic technology for DNA extraction and sequencing allows sterile materials to be obtained in a shorter time than classical methods. In the next visit, bioinformatic analyzes of the sequenced materials are planned.