Dead Sea Scrolls: Researchers Use DNA Testing on Tiny Parchment Fragments to Unlock Their Secrets

In the decades since the Dead Sea Scrolls were first found in and near the Qumran Caves in the Judaean Desert, many of the manuscripts have been deciphered through painstaking examination and analysis. A large number of fragments have remained mysteries, however. Recently, Israeli researchers applied advanced DNA testing techniques to analyze the tiny pieces…