DNA sequences from the quagga, an extinct member of the horse family

@article{Higuchi1984DNASF,
  title={DNA sequences from the quagga, an extinct member of the horse family},
  author={Russell Higuchi and Barbara H. Bowman and M. M. Freiberger and Oliver A. Ryder and Allan Charles Wilson},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1984},
  volume={312},
  pages={282-284}
}
To determine whether DNA survives and can be recovered from the remains of extinct creatures, we have examined dried muscle from a museum specimen of the quagga, a zebra-like species (Equus quagga) that became extinct in 1883 (ref. 1). We report that DNA was extracted from this tissue in amounts approaching 1% of that expected from fresh muscle, and that the DNA was of relatively low molecular weight. Among the many clones obtained from the quagga DNA, two containing pieces of mitochondrial DNA… 

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