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Wine grapes first domesticated in Turkey

DNA analysis suggests that Stone Age farmers first domesticated wine grapes in Turkey. "We wanted to collect samples from wild and cultivated grape vines from the Near East -- that means southeastern Anatolia, Armenia and Georgia -- to see in which place the wild grape was, genetically speaking, linked the closest

DNA-based method developed to identify contents of amphorae

Researchers are now using a DNA-based method to determine the contents of ancient amphorae. Shipwrecks and other sites have yielded plenty of intact amphorae. Maddeningly, nearly all are empty, devoid of obvious clues to what they once held. Researchers have scraped bits of ceramic from the vessel's interior to look for

DNA analysis performed on shipwreck medicines

DNA extracted from pills found on a 2,000-year-old Italian shipwreck may offer up new medical insights. "Medicinal plants have been identified before, but not a compound medicine, so this is really something new," says Alain Touwaide, director of the Institute for the Preservation of Medical Traditions, which has the world's largest

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