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Evolutionary paleogeneticist Beth Shapiro travels to the cold reaches of the world to find DNA samples of long extinct animals, such as mastodons and saber-toothed tigers. She hopes to learn more about what life was like for these ancient animals, and how they responded to a rapidly changing climate.

Episode filmed live at the 2011 World Science Festival in New York CItyThe full Cool Jobs program from that year can be viewed online.

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Cool Jobs: Ancient DNA Detective

Evolutionary paleogeneticist Beth Shapiro travels to the cold reaches of the world to find DNA samples of long extinct animals, such as mastodons and saber-toothed tigers. She hopes to learn more about what life was like for these ancient animals, and how they responded to a rapidly changing climate.

Episode filmed live at the 2011 World Science Festival in New York CItyThe full Cool Jobs program from that year can be viewed online.