DNA Retrieved from 1,000-year-old Vikings

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Strands of 1,000-year-old DNA from 10 Viking skeletons have been retrieved, a team of scientists claims.

If true, the achievement would be notable, since many researchers say it is impossible to recover authentic DNA from ancient humans.

Jorgen Dissing of the University of Copenhagen and colleagues say they retrieved the genetic material from the freshly sampled teeth of skeletons dating back to around A.D. 1000 and found at a non-Christian burial site called Galgedil on the Danish island of Funen.

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