The great-grandson of former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev has been found

The great-grandson of former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev has been identified thanks to a modern technique that was previously only available to scientists studying endangered species. Yury Khrushchev was found through a DNA study…

The great-grandson of former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev has been found

The great-grandson of former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev has been identified thanks to a modern technique that was previously only available to scientists studying endangered species. Yury Khrushchev was found through a DNA study of pika populations in a mountainous area in the Russian Far East. After using a technique called microbially induced gene transfer, scientists at the International Shizhny Novgorod Institute of Ecology and Evolution and the University of Bergen in Norway were able to analyze Yury Khrushchev’s DNA and determine that he was the great-grandson of the Russian leader, just six years after his birth. Khrushchev is now in the middle of moving to Norway, to take up residence at the university’s Center for Applied Genomics, and has agreed to allow the center to use his DNA to help study other endangered species in his region. “They’re the only one to capture such an important example of how long it takes to find proof with this technique in a species,” said Paal-Olof van Dellen. According to van Dellen, there is a possibility that more genetically identical relatives of Khrushchev may be available.

Source: NYT

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