Working on Ancient and Present-day DNA (Anne Jensen)

Video Shot in: 2009

Here polar archaeologist Anne Jensen discusses ongoing research in ancient and modern DNA of Alaska’s North Slope. The researchers, led by Dennis O’Rourke at the University of Utah, are extracting ancient DNA from human remains found in a well-drained gravel area. They have received permission from local Iñupiaq elders, who are also interested in the research. The modern DNA work is being done by Jeff Hayes at Northwestern Medical School, and they plan to compare the markers that turn out to be different in the ancient DNA with those of the modern DNA to better understand the genetic makeup of the population.