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Mammoth hair sheds new light. Scientists discover that its an abundant source of DNA that could hasten the cloning of extinct mammals.

Woolly mammoth tusks are placed on a sled in Siberia. The finding that mammoth hair is a rich source of DNA could accelerate interest in cloning the extinct mammal.
Woolly mammoth tusks are placed on a sled in Siberia. The finding that mammoth hair is a rich source of DNA could accelerate interest in cloning the extinct mammal.


2007-09-28 - Los Angeles, United States , Karen Kaplan

Scientists seeking to decode ancient DNA from woolly mammoths and other Ice Age beasts have found an abundant new source of unsullied genetic material: ordinary hair. Using samples of fur from mammoths that roamed Siberia 17,000 to 50,000 years ago, the researchers were able, they say, to reconstruct the complete mitochondrial genomes of 10 animals, even though some of the hair had been stored at room temperature for 200 years.



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