Alina Dain

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When researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Anthropology in Germany extracted DNA from Neanderthal fossils, they faced a myriad of challenges. Time eradicates a deceased organism’s DNA, so scientists dissolve bits of the fossil and extract what they can, taking care not to contaminate the sample.

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Gosset and colleagues Sunjay Kaushal and Carl L. Backer display the Berlin Heart. (courtesy Jan Terry, Children’s Memorial Hospital)Gosset and colleagues Sunjay Kaushal and Carl L. Backer display the Berlin Heart.