ICE course director discovers donkey DNA in Pompeii
Course director of Science, Susan Gurney (working with Dr Peter Foster) has solved the mystery of the identity of what was thought to be a now-extinct breed of horse discovered at Pompeii – this has puzzled experts since the remains were uncovered in 2004. It was in fact a donkey!
Susan’s publication in the new issue of the Journal of Cellular Biochemistry, explains that there appears to have been a mistake in the lab, which resulted in horse DNA being combined with that of a donkey to create an artificial hybrid. Identification as a donkey is important in itself as it may prove that this particular type of donkey dates farther back than previously thought.
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