Synonyme: Molecular paleoscience
Experimental paleomolecular biology, paleobiochemistry, and paleogenetics are closely related emerging fields that infer the sequences of ancient genes and proteins from now-extinct organisms, and then resurrect them for study in the laboratory.
The goal of paleogenetics is to use information from natural history to solve the conundrum of modern genomics: How can we understand deeply the function of biomolecular structures uncovered and described by modern chemical biology?
Paleogenetics can lead to an understanding of the function of biomolecules, analyze changing function, and put meaning to genomic sequences, all in ways that are not possible with traditional molecular biological studies.
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