ATG Quirkies: The Secrets Hidden in Parchment: Using DNA to Analyze Old Books

by | Feb 25, 2019 | 0 comments

In this post, Sarah Zhang, a staff writer at The Atlantic, tells the story of a lab that is discovering DNA in Old Books and helping to rewrite history.


Photo: University of York


She describes the groundbreaking work of Matthew Collins, who’s “lab is now at the forefront of studying DNA from objects such as parchment, birch-bark tar, and beeswax” the key components of early books and manuscripts. He and his team are using their DNA research “to fill in gaps in the written record, revealing new aspects of historical production and trade.”

(Thanks, as always, to John Riley of Gabriel Books for providing ATG Quirkies

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