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DNA could help date ancient manuscripts

DNA could help date ancient manuscripts
trefwoorden: origin - manuscripts - Cambridge - animal - dating
A technique being developed in Cambridge could help identify the date and place of origin of ancient manuscripts.
Biochemist Christopher Howe and colleagues are working on a method that will reveal which species of animal a particular parchment comes from.
By extracting the DNA of a parchment, using a technique called polymerase chain reaction, amplifying it and studying the sequence, the scientists hope to find the skin used to produce it.
Dr Howe, who works at Cambridge University's Department of Biochemistry, said: "Once you know which species of animal the parchment comes from, you might be able to see if other sheets of parchment came from the same animal using genetic finger-printing.

Lees verder in: Cambridge News (juli 2003)