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Members of the McMaster Ancient DNA Centre are active in different research projects.

Bacillus DNA in Fossil Bees: an Ancient Symbiosis?

We have isolated DNA from the abdominal tissue of four extinct stingless bees in Dominican amber, and conducted PCR amplification targetting the 16S rRNA gene. Our analysis revealed the the sequence was mostly likely derived from Bacillus spp., whose modern representatives are often found on the abdominal tissue of stingless bees.

Jun 20, 1994