Student Extracts Sample From ‘Original Nittany Lion’ For DNA Analysis

DNA MarkersA team of student researchers is working to sequence the Nittany Lion genome. Maya Evanitsky, the team’s lead researcher, extracted a sample from “The Original Nittany Lion” on display in the All Sports Museum this afternoon.
Evanitsky applied to work on the project last year. She saw an email asking for students interested in working with “Ancient DNA” and was instantly intrigued. George (PJ) Perry, assistant professor of anthropology and biology, is the faculty coordinator of the project. The team began brainstorming research topics this fall.