Record for oldest DNA ever sequenced broken by mammoth remains

One million year old mammoth DNA more than doubles the previous record and suggests that even older genomes could be found.

  • Scientists extracting DNA from mammoth teeth have set a new record for the oldest DNA ever sequenced.
  • The new record holder may also be a member of a new species of mammoth, but that remains to be proven.
  • The findings suggest that DNA as old as 2.6 million years old could be decoded.
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