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On Thu, 10 Jul 1997, Sue Blakey wrote:

> Imperial Cancer Research Fund believes DNA cn survive 50,000-100,000 years.

There was a study done a year or two ago which claimed to have retrieved
_B. subtilis_ bacteria from the gut of a 30 million yr. old insect in
amber no less., and got them to reproduce.  This is from memory, and I
remember some claiming this was dubious.