Really interesting profile of the Danish researcher Eske Willerslev, an early pioneer of the study of ancient DNA - first in ice and then in human remains. Clearly shows the delicate balance that scientists need to play between furthering our knowledge of our ancestors and respecting the wishes of their modern day descendents.
The results were so remarkable for the mid-1990s that NASA called the young doctoral student to ask about his methods. “I got completely convinced that I wanted to become a scientist,” Dr. Willerslev said. “There’s a big difference between reading about what others have discovered and discovering something yourself.”