Genome of man who died in 1827 recreated without physical remains

(Newsweek) Recreating a person’s DNA usually involves some sort of remains, like tissues, to use as a framework. However, a team of scientists have been able to recreate the genome of a man who died in 1827 without leaving any physical evidence by studying samples of those from his family line, reported New Scientist.

Published in Nature Genetics, the paper recounts how a team of scientists from genome research company deCODE Genetics were able to accomplish this puzzle for the very first time. The team pieced together part of the DNA of Hans Jonatan, an escaped slave who settled in Iceland, married a local woman, and raised a family before dying in 1827, the magazine wrote.

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