A new paper from Svante Pääbo's group reports that they recovered a complete mitochondrial DNA sequence from a 30,000-year-old early modern human from Kostenki, Russia. In Current Biology, the researchers recount how they used a primer-extension capture method, which they developed for working with Neandertals, to capture ancient DNA to be sequenced.

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