This Week in the Ancient Near East

A Resurrected Date by Any Other Name Would Still Taste As Sweet, or, Jurassic Park in the Judean Desert

June 1, 2021

Resurrection genomics sounds fancy, even a little scary, but in this case it means cultivating date trees from ancient seeds and then sequencing their genes. What do we learn about the antiquity of this ever-popular fruit? And if dates are so great, how come the tree is the symbol and not the fruit? Our panelists are torn.

 

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Researchers Sequence Genomes of Revived 2,000-Year-Old Date Palms

http://www.sci-news.com/genetics/judean-date-palm-genomes-09627.html