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Rachel Mackelprang and Edward Rubin have written up a short review of current state of paleo-DNA in today’s issue of Science. They pay particular attention to the Neandertal sequencing project and the recent research, such as the melanocortin 1 receptor (Mc1r) and forkhead box P2 (Foxp2) studies we read about last fall. They also outline some of the challenges facing extracting, amplifying, and sequencing ancient DNA, as well as future prospects.

    Mackelprang, R., Rubin, E.M. (2008). PALEONTOLOGY: New Tricks with Old Bones. Science, 321(5886), 211-212. DOI: 10.1126/science.1161890