Mining Museums for Historical DNA
There are more than 84 million fully documented plant and animal specimens in the world’s natural history collections, as well as in vast un-digitized collections, that could yield DNA. With recent scientific advancements, this historical DNA (hDNA) could be an invaluable resource for studies ranging from new species discoveries to determining the origins of infectious diseases.
But collections are underused as a genetic resource. Two Museum curators are trying to change that.
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September 13, 2021 at 09:06PM