By Helen Albert, Editor
Although archaeologists and anthropologists have been studying the ancient remains of our ancestors for many years, the study of ancient DNA extracted from these specimens began more recently. In 1984, Russell Higuchi, Allan Wilson and colleagues (University of California, Berkeley, USA) managed to extract DNA from a museum specimen of the Quagga, an extinct relative of the Zebra.
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By Alexander Evans, University of Leeds
The natural world is under threat from many anthropogenic sources, such as the spread of harmful invasive species and the decline of native populations due to habitat loss and climate change. Finding new technologies and methods to assess and tackle these increasingly global problems is crucial. However, in order to tackle big problems, sometimes you need small solutions. One such emerging tiny tool is the sequencing of environmental DNA (eDNA)!
Continue reading Frontier forensics: the rise of environmental DNA analysis