DNA recovered from Viking skeletons

LiveScience reports that Jorgen Dissing of the University of Copenhagen claims to have recovered genetic material from 1000-year-old skeletons from the Danish island of Funen. The DNA samples were removed from the teeth of the ancient Vikings.

Dissing hopes to use the genetic material to trace family relationships among the 1000-year-old Danes. Scientists customarily believe it impossible to recover DNA from ancient skeletons.