Million-year-old DNA sets new record

A new study led by researchers at CPG and published in Nature has set a new record for ancient DNA. The DNA comes from mammoth teeth found in the Siberian permafrost with an estimated age of over one million years. This makes it by far the oldest DNA ever to be recovered and sequenced. Despite its fragmented state, the DNA reveals new important insights into the evolution of mammoths, including the discovery of a completely new genetic lineage. The record and the exciting results have made headlines worldwide, including coverage on CNN, Reuters, National Geographic and New York Times. Local media coverage has also been intense, and Stockholm University has released the news as a Youtube video.

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