Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Joan's Chromosomes

Scientists in France are testing a rib and skin fragments to see if they could have belonged to Joan of Arc (no relation to Noah). Dr. Philippe Charlier says they'll perform DNA tests to see if the samples came from a woman, and other tests to determine the approximate age of the original owner. But no certain link to the roasted martyr can possibly be established.

No DNA comparison can be done with possible descendants since Joan of Arc's genealogical tree "is probably false," he said. [Link]
Apparently the French have not plumbed the depths of the WorldConnect Project, which returns 7 results for surname "Arc," first name "Joan of."

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