Collaborate equitably in ancient DNA research and beyond

The expansion of ancient-DNA research has seen a few well-funded genetics groups hoarding archaeological material from all over the world, so comprehensive ethical guidelines are timely (see S. Alpaslan-Roodenberg et al. Nature 599, 41–46; 2021). But well-intended proposals for researchers from prestigious institutions to engage with local stakeholders will need radical reinforcement if contributing researchers in lower-income regions are to be recognized as equal collaborators.

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