TITLE

Not dead, just stuffed

AUTHOR(S)
Archer, Mike
PUB. DATE
March 2005
SOURCE
Bulletin with Newsweek;3/29/2005, Vol. 123 Issue 6463, p22
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article reports that DNA from museum thylacine specimens may yet produce a miracle in the laboratory. With very little in the way of resources but helped by supportive, against the odds the author and Australian Museum geneticists Don Colgan and Karen Firestone sought and found thylacine DNA in the teeth and bones of preserved museum specimens. Although it was fragmented, much of it was in substantial pieces 2000 to 3000 base-pairs long. After much hard work, Firestone successfully cloned these molecular sections and was able to sequence and identify nuclear genes, such as protamine, as well as mitochondrial genes.
ACCESSION #
16681118

 

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