This summer, we saw the inauguration of the new unit of ancient DNA analysis in the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (IMBB) in Crete. This is part of the Foundation for Research and Technology (FORTH), and the inauguration was set through an international project called “Analysis of ancient DNA: A new glance at the past”.
The specific team, funded by the Borough of Crete, is the only one in Greece and only the third one in Europe. It is planning to unlock new perspectives on the promotion of the Greek cultural heritage and the backing of archaeological research.
The ancient DNA laboratory of IMBB-FORTH will not only cover a significant part of the needs of archaeological research and promote collaboration, it will also compete with similar laboratories abroad where most of the samples from Greek archaeological digs currently end up.