TV news, France 2 20H

Today, I was interviewed for a report in the French national TV news (France 2, journal de 20H) about thepossibility of ressurecting ancient life forms like the mammoth. Difficult to go through the issue in 3′, so that in the end, through the cuts, I manage to say that we can’t do it and it…


Paleogenomics lecture

Today, for the second consecutive year, I give a lecture on the theme of Paleogenomics for the UDV1 class of the Master (1st year) of the Museum. Learn more about this lecture in the Teaching section.


Science & Vie magazine n°1131

I was interviewed by Emilie Rauscher who wrote this well-documented article about the potential roads to resurrecting extinct life forms (and whether we should do it or not) for the french monthly scientific magazine: Science & Vie (N°1131) of December 2011.


“DNA Archeologists”

I took part to the shooting of a french documentary (52′) entitled “Archéologues de l’ADN”  directed by François-Xavier Busnel for Chromatiques Editions. Scenes were shot during the autopsy of baby mammoth Khroma, held in Le Puy-en-Velay (France) in August 2010. After TV broadcast, it was released in DVD today.

MNHN coelacanths expedition in Sodwana Bay, South Africa

I’ve been involved, as a specialist in trace and degraded DNA, in an international project about the biology of the coelacanth led by my colleague paleontologist Gael Clement from the French Museum of Natural History (MNHN, Paris). This interdisciplinary projects embrasses a wide-scope ecological survey (with variou telemetry tools), the analysis of the functional anatomy…

cape vidal

South African coelacanths trip

Gaël, Marc and I have been pretty busy talking with SAIAB and Isimangaliso Reserve about our current project on coelacanths. That offered us a nice trip in South African lands. If everything works through, I should be able to let you know more about it soon.

Quality of mammoth mitogenomes from different high-throuput DNA sources

by Régis Debruyne Published abstract With the rise of the second generation techniques of sequencing, the illusion has spread that the sequence data produced in the field of paleogenetics/paleogenomics would soon become error-free. It has repeatedly been claimed that the new methods available were more « performant » than their predecessors to overcome the inherent…