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DNA's Half life



  • Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Technology & Internet Moderators Posts: 91,535 Mod ✭✭✭✭Capt'n Midnight

    the decay rate would depend on temperature and local conditions too

    look at the preservation of organic materials and total loss of bones in acidic bogs

    it might even depend on the dna sequence !
    higher CG content has a higher "melting point" , doesn't really help the backbone but it means strands may be harder to separate.

  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 9,710 Mod ✭✭✭✭Manach

    Interesting moral dilemmas if there was an attempt, DNA circumstances permitting, to clone some of the earlier hominids or Neanderthals.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,279 ✭✭✭Adam Khor

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 4,372 ✭✭✭im invisible

    Ah but we'll still be able to reverse engineer dinosaurs from chickens,

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,279 ✭✭✭Adam Khor

    At this pace, we may invent a time machine first.

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