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Professor Quippy: Throw a bit of mammoth on the barbie!

Professor QuippyWhile we’re still in the heart of barbeque season, there is exciting news from researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. We can sequence the genomes of ancient mammals, thanks to a new method of correcting errors.

As DNA ages, it degrades over time, but this new methodology promises a future with the mammoth! And we might even be able to reconstitute Neanderthal DNA too.

So when you have that mammoth flesh-fry, you can invite a real Thag over to share it with you. (That is, if he doesn’t, you know, go all cave man on you.)

Here’s the story.