DNA analysis of Peruvian mummy

DNA analysis of Peruvian mummy

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Caption: DNA analysis of Peruvian mummy. Researcher examining the results of DNA analysis of a Peruvian mummy (seen on screen). DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) can sometimes be recovered from ancient human remains, and studied to help researchers understand the genetics of the Peruvian pre-Hispanic population compared to today's population. Mummification, where the remains are preserved by dessication in a dry climate, helps preserve the DNA. Photographed at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy.

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