24 July 2015
Vol 349, Issue 6246

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COVER A researcher drills into ancient bone to extract material for DNA analysis at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. As the newest sequencing methods are applied to ancient samples and spread to many laboratories, ancient DNA is poised to enter its golden age, delivering stunning results ranging from the evolution of humans to that of microbes. See page 358.
Photo: © Jörg Singer