Illuminating Genetic Mysteries of the Dead Sea Scrolls

@article{Anava2020IlluminatingGM,
  title={Illuminating Genetic Mysteries of the Dead Sea Scrolls},
  author={S. Anava and Moran Neuhof and Hila Gingold and O. Rechavi},
  journal={Cell},
  year={2020},
  volume={181},
  pages={1218-1231.e27}
}
The discovery of the 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scrolls had an incomparable impact on the historical understanding of Judaism and Christianity. "Piecing together" scroll fragments is like solving jigsaw puzzles with an unknown number of missing parts. We used the fact that most scrolls are made from animal skins to "fingerprint" pieces based on DNA sequences. Genetic sorting of the scrolls illuminates their textual relationship and historical significance. Disambiguating the contested relationship… Expand
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