Population Genomics Using Ancient DNA Data (Virtual Course)
In recent years, novel technology for obtaining DNA molecules from archeological material has opened new horizons in the development of the field of paleogenomics. In this course, we will explore how ancient DNA (aDNA) data is generated and analyzed in population genomic research. Course content will focus on eukaryote genomes, in particular the human genome, for which a plethora of aDNA data is publicly available. On the first day of the course, participants will learn about the differences between aDNA and DNA obtained from archeological material, and how to control for DNA degradation. From Day 2 through Day 5, participants will learn about the theory and application of the main statistical methods used to analyze aDNA data. The course is structured as a combination of lectures and hands-on exercises, which will be contextualized with real research questions. Hands-on exercises will be run in a Linux environment and visualization will be run in R using RStudio. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, this course will be held online.