Ancient DNA: Beth Shapiro profile

Evolutionary biologist Beth Shapiro and her team extract DNA from animal bones buried in the frozen Arctic for millennia. Starting with mere fragments of DNA, the scientists can reconstruct entire genomes of these animals to better understand how species respond to rapid changes in the environment.

Beyond climate change, ancient DNA provides a window into the past to view evolution and ecology over hundreds of thousands of years. Learn more in our Special Issue on ancient DNA at

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