DNA from Amelia Earhart’s saliva to help solve mystery?

Published on February 22nd, 2011 | by Admin

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DNA extracted from dried spit found on old envelopes belonging to Amelia Earhart could help researchers solve the mystery of what happened to the pilot.

To get at the DNA-containing saliva, Yang, the geneticist, will first carefully steam the seals open.
Yang is aiming to gather two kinds of DNA from the letters: mitochondrial DNA, which children inherit from their mothers only, and nuclear DNA, which contains the bulk of a person’s genetic information and is housed in each human cell’s nucleus.

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Story: Ker Than, National Geographic News | Photo: George Eastman House/Getty Images

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