””””CHANGCHUN, Dec. 30 (Xinhuanet) -- Scientists at a Chinese DNA laboratory are
working hard to extract DNA from bones selected from the skeletal remains of a
woman whom scientists believe was the wife of a duke during the Western Han
Dynasty (206 BC - 24 AD).
”””” The 2,000-plus-year-old remains were unearthed in August of the year 2000 by
the Yongding river near Laoshan Hills in Beijing's western Shijingshan district
and moved to the capital city of Jilin province on October 3 this year under the
escort of several archeologists and related experts.
””””The extraction process, expected to be completed in February of 2003, will
be carried out by the Frontiers Archeological DNA Lab of in northeast China's
Jilin University, reputed as the archeological circle's first and only special
lab for DNA researches on ancient people.
””””The lab staff noted that the woman's head has been restored with the use of
three-dimensional technology. According to the archeologists examining the
remains, the distinctive features of the restored head led them to believe that
the woman originated from central China, and not from western China, as was
””””China has successfully extracted bone DNA from remains dating back 4,000