Tuesday, December 20, 2005

[geek] 30-second science blogging - Resurrection on Ice: A Pleistocene Story

To be published in the upcoming issue of Science: woolly mammoth DNA... partially sequenced:
Scientists have mapped part of the genome of the woolly mammoth, a huge mammal that's been extinct for about 10,000 years. The breakthrough could lead to re-creating the creatures. A team led by Hendrik Poinar at McMaster University unlocked secrets of the creature's nuclear DNA by working with a well-preserved 27,000-year-old specimen from Siberia. Colleagues at Penn State sequenced 1 percent of the genome in a few hours and say they expect to finish the whole genome in about a year if funding is provided.
How cool is that?


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