Genome Brings Ancient Girl to Life


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Thursday September 6, 2012

Genome Brings Ancient Girl to Life

In a stunning technical feat, an international team of scientists has sequenced the genome of an archaic Siberian girl 31 times over, using a new method that amplifies single strands of DNA. The sequencing is so complete that researchers have as sharp a picture of this ancient genome as they would of a living person's, revealing, for example that the girl had brown eyes, hair, and skin. "No one thought we would have an archaic human genome of such quality," says Matthias Meyer, a postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. "Everyone was shocked by the counts. That includes me."

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http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2012/08/genome-brings-ancient-girl-to-li.html





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