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Re: Dinosaur haemoglobin
On Fri, 1 Aug 1997 15:42:53 +0800 Graeme Worth
>These guys extracted proteins from MOR 555 T. rex, collected from Hell
>F in 1990, raised antibodies to these proteins in a couple of rats and
>tested the rat serum against various known haemoglobins. Positive
>from pigeon, turkey and rabbit, negative with snake.
>Early results, but if they hold up it would seem to be yet another
>confirmation of the dinosaur-bird connection (what a pity they didn't
>against crocodile, turtle etc!!). They suggest that finding
>proteins (or fragments) from within bones that have not been
>may not be uncommon. They point out that phylogenies based on
>sequences are already in existence and speculate that such material
>eventually provide answers to many classification problems.
>HyperWorks Reference Software
Did the positive rabbit reaction indicate possible human [or other
mammalian] contamination? How did they eliminate the possibility of this
And why such a limited test (with only 4 animals) when so many
hemoglobins are available?
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