Shades of Jurassic Park: Museum Specimens Shown to be “Treasure Troves” of Genomic Data

Advances in genetic analysis methods have opened new research opportunities using old source material: museum specimens. The new technique has been dubbed “museomics.” Here, researcher Elsa Call, Ph.D., holds a typical museum drawer of specimens. Using a DNA anaylsis technique called target enrichment, Call and colleagues were able to analyze genomic data from moth specimens dating back to 1892 and determine the phylogeny (relatedness) among the three moth families and the species within…

Source: Entomology Today

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