New Method of extracting DNA from Mummy Head Lice

The new research focused on understanding the migration patterns of indigenous settlement in the Americas utilized a novel method for extracting better preserved human cells, and thus more intact human DNA, from mummified human remains. This was done by examining and collecting samples from two-thousand-year-old head lice cement from the heads of Argentinian mummies. This cement is how lice and nits attach their eggs to human hair. Researchers discovered that the cement acts as a preservative for the human cells trapped inside, slowing the degree of decay that the DNA in the cells faces, and thus opening many opportunities for archaeologists. Essentially this discovery is akin to discovering amber-preserved insects from the age of the dinosaurs. It is just a bit ickier than insect…

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