Lock of Washington’s hair discovered at Union College

OKAY, I’LL SAY IT…COULD HE BE CLONED FROM THIS? 

No.

Hair itself does not contain any DNA. So, no, from hair alone it would not be possible to clone someone.

In order to get DNA samples from hair, the hair must still have the root/follicle still attached to it. It is from that you extract DNA.

SCHENECTADY – Six-inch strands of white hair – looped and tied with a piece of thread, folded into a letter and sealed in an envelope – were tucked into a worn red leather almanac published in 1793, and closed with a metal clasp. The hair went undiscovered for a century. This hidden time capsule of ephemera sat unnoticed amid a large archival collection comprised of thousands of old books and rare manuscripts tightly packed on shelves at Union College’s Schaffer Library.

Source: Lock of Washington’s hair discovered at Union College

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One thought on “Lock of Washington’s hair discovered at Union College

  1. I wish we could clone ALL of our Founding Fathers.
    What I am afraid of, however, they would look around and
    be overcomed with utter despair.

    They would seize the first freighter and head to parts unknown.

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