Sunday, November 25, 2018

Sequencing the nuclear genome of the extinct woolly mammoth

Nature Journal  - In 1994, two independent groups extracted DNA from several Pleistocene epoch mammoths and noted differences among individual specimens1,2. Subsequently, DNA sequences have been published for a number of extinct species.

However, such ancient DNA is often fragmented and damaged3, and studies to date have typically focused on short mitochondrial sequences, never yielding more than a fraction of a per cent of any nuclear genome. Read the whole abstract HERE.

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