Is a large-scale DNA-based inventory of ancient life possible?

@article{Lambert2005IsAL,
  title={Is a large-scale DNA-based inventory of ancient life possible?},
  author={David M. Lambert and Antoine Baker and Leon J Huynen and Oliver P Haddrath and Paul D. N. Hebert and Craig D. Millar},
  journal={The Journal of heredity},
  year={2005},
  volume={96 3},
  pages={
          279-84
        }
}
A complete DNA-based inventory of the Earth's present biota using large-scale high-throughput DNA sequencing of signature region(s) (DNA barcoding) is an ambitious proposal rivaling the Human Genome Project. We examine whether this approach will also enable us to assess the past diversity of the earth's biota. To test this, we sequenced the 5' terminus of the mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase I (COI) gene of individuals belonging to a group of extinct ratite birds, the moa of New Zealand. Moa… CONTINUE READING

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