Looking for Lincoln’s DNA

This is both interesting and yet horrific. A quest for Lincoln’s DNA, which is most easily found in the trail he left from the chair in Ford’s Theatre to the pillow in the Petersen House.

Due to DNA’s fragile nature, she had so far been unable to retrieve any DNA, which meant the project was in limbo until more artefacts could be sourced.

This would not be easy as “bits of dead presidents are hard to come by”, she said.

However, because Lincoln was shot in the head and “head wounds bleed abundantly” he was reported to have bled on “a lot of things” in the nine hours it took him to die, she said.

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